(HealthDay News) -- The meningococcal vaccine helps prevent
meningitis and sepsis (infection of the blood), which can lead to
severe illness and death. People aged 16 through 21 are most likely
to acquire meningococcal disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease
The agency says you probably should be vaccinated:
If you live in a dorm, or plan to live in one soon.
If you are a military recruit.
If you have a damaged spleen, or the organ has been
If you have a terminal complement deficiency.
If you are a microbiologist who is frequently exposed to the
If you live in or plan to travel to a place where meningococcal
infection is common.
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