Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person’s spinal cord and fluid that surrounds the brain. There are two distinct kinds – viral and bacteria, with each type exhibiting similar symptoms. Viral tends to be less severe and students can get better without treatment. Bacterial can be very severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, disability, and death. Symptoms may develop over one to two days and include: high fever and chills, stiff neck, headache, light sensitivity, vomiting, and sometimes a rash, coma, and seizures. Meningitis is much less contagious than the common cold or influenza. For additional information and current recommendations from the Center for Disease Control on getting meningitis vaccinations, please visit www.cdc.gov; the Snohomish Health District website at www.snohd.org; or check with your private healthcare provider.

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