Meningitis shots offered for incoming college freshmen

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacteria infection that can cause meningitis, a severe swelling of the brain and spinal cord. The risk of meningococcal disease is higher for young people living on campus. College freshmen living in dormitories have a six times greater chance of contacting meningococcal disease.

The Winnebago County Health Department will offer meningitis shots this summer on the following dates and locations:

Thursday, June 23, 2005

5–6 p.m.

Salvation Army Millennium Center—Booth Room

220 Madison St.

Rockford, IL 61104

Thursday, July 21, 2005

5–6 p.m.

Salvation Army Millennium Center–Booth Room

220 Madison St.

Rockford, IL 61104

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005

8:30 a.m.-12 noon

Colonial Village Mall

The cost of the shot is $75 for Menomune, which gives immunity for three years, and $90 for Menactra, a newer vaccine for people age 11-55, which gives immunity for at least eight years.

Appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment with the Winnebago County Health Department, call 720-4276 or 720-4274. Appointments may also be made Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

From the June 15-21, 2005, issue

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