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Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children
Date:7/28/2014

nceton through an emergency process, Brady noted. The academy's recommendations for a "B" vaccine await FDA approval, possibly next year, he said.

Dr. Melissa Stockwell, a pediatrician at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia's Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, said parents should know that meningococcal vaccinations are the best way to prevent the infection.

While parents don't need to understand all the subtypes of meningitis, she said, they should consult their child's pediatrician to make sure all appropriate immunizations are administered.

"For adolescents, young adults and the younger ones with special [vulnerabilities] -- we want to make sure if you're one of these groups, you're vaccinated," said Stockwell.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers more on meningitis.

SOURCES: Michael Brady, M.D., associate medical director, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Melissa Stockwell, M.D., M.P.H., pediatrician, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia's Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, and assistant professor, pediatrics, and population and family health, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City; August 2014 Pediatrics


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