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s, according to the National Meningitis Association.

There is another meningitis vaccine, called MPSV4, that is recommended for certain high-risk children from the ages of 2 through 10 and there are vaccines to prevent meningitis due to Streptococcus pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae bacteria Vaccination is going to do a whole lot to reduce the incidence of this disease," said Lynn Bozof, executive director of the National Meningitis Association.

"The CDC's action will raise awareness ... among parents and adolescents that this disease is out there and it is potentially vaccine-preventable," she added.

"It's really important for the disease to be treated as soon as symptoms show up because the disease progresses very rapidly," Lee said. "Once you start seeing the signs, it means the disease has progressed to a state of danger.

The CDC said Menactra had been linked with a few cases of a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome among some teens and said it was investigating whether the vaccine caused the reaction, which has been associated with other vaccines, also.


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