Senate Bill 326: (meningococcal disease and its vaccines)
Indiana law, Senate Bill 326, has been passed which requires schools to share information regarding meningococcal disease and its vaccines.
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial disease that can cause an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord or of the blood. It is not easily spread though it is contagious. It is spread by close contact with an infected person.
Close contact means:
People who live with the person who has the infection.
People who have kissed the infected person on the mouth.
People who have shared eating utensils with an infected person.
Signs and symptoms include:
Headache (usually severe)
Nausea and vomiting
Good hygiene can help to prevent this disease. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Frequently washing your hands can do a lot to help alson.
There are 2 vaccines to prevent this infection. Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Menactra) is licensed for 11-55 years of age.
Meninococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (Menomune) is licensed for those who have a high risk of disease due to medical condition for people who are 2-10 or over 55.
This is being recommended for college students prior to enrolling. If you or your child have any of these symptoms please contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.
Bonnie Mills RN BSN
Southeasten School Corporation