Spokane Case

A case of meningococcal meningitis is being investigated by the Spokane County health officials in Sacajawea Middle School involving a female student.

Dr. Bob Lutz, SRHD health officer said, “We make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and if close contact occurred—where saliva droplets may have been shared—we recommend these individuals look for meningitis signs and symptoms and contact their healthcare provider with any questions or concerns.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination with a meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Men ACYW135) for all preteens and teens at 11 to 12 years old, with a booster dose at 16 years old. Teens and young adults (16 through 23 years old) also may be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.

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