Meningococcal diseases, frequently referred to as meningitis, are often severe and can be deadly. They include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia). Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk of these serious diseases.
It is important to be aware that the symptoms of meningococcal disease can resemble the flu and may progress quickly to high fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and a purplish rash. Students with these symptoms should be examined as soon as possible by a healthcare professional.
To prevent the serious complications of a meningitis infection, Illinois state law requires 11-year old students receive the meningococcal conjugate vaccine.
As with all communicable disease occurrences, the district works closely with the public health departments to ensure the safety of our community.