Why Should Your Kid Get the New Meningitis Vaccine?


The Menveo vaccine was recently approved by the FDA, and is being recommended for kids ages 11 to 17. Stan Block has been a pediatrician for over 25 years. He and meningitis survivor Nick Springer talked to me about why they feel this vaccine is so important for teens and pre-teens.

Chatting with Dr. Block and Nick Springer was pretty eye-opening for me. I didn’t know that meningococcal disease could occur as in infection of the blood, or that it came on slowly as a mild flu.

While the illness is extremely rare, it’s also very difficult to treat. That seems to be case for vaccinating. The vaccine is effective and purportedly safe, diagnosing the illness is difficult and treatment is nearly impossible once it’s progressed to a dangerous stage.

Happily for me, my kids aren’t in this age range yet. I have six years to watch and see how safe the vaccine turns out to really be before it will be offered to my oldest.

What do you think? Will you be getting this vaccine for your kids? Why or why not?

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