As some of you may know (and hey, it is in my siggie) I have teens. One of the vaccines that I have thought about for teens in a meningitis vaccine. Meningitis scares me. I have known 3 people with meningitis in my life (well, 2, one I heard of). All lived, but in all cases it was scary and involved hosptialisation. I also know very little about meningitis vaccines. It is not one we debate here very often, and it seems, at least at first glance, to be a more complicated vaccine. So - a few questions, and I will not debate your answers with. I will just thank you and move on. I am info gathering mode. Please cite if possible.
1. Anyone know the number of meningitis cases in older teens/young adults that are prevented by vaccination?
2. Does anyone have specific concerns about the meningitis vaccines that is targeted to older teens?
3. Are there ways other than vaccination to prevent meningitis?
If this vaccine is at the top of your list, tell me why. If it is at the bottom, tell me why.
(edited to add: it looks like older teens get Men-C as a vaccine. There seem to be a number of meningitis vaccines)