Most higher education institutions make it mandatory for students to get a meningitis shot prior to settling into their dorm. The reason behind this mandate is quite reasonable. Meningococcal disease is capable of taking a turn for the worst rapidly and even becoming fatal. Most importantly, adolescents run a higher risk of catching it. As a matter of fact, meningococcal disease is the primary reason a majority of teens develop bacterial meningitis.
Meningitis refers to a serious inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Currently, two meningitis vaccinations safeguard against four meningococcal diseases. In addition to the two, a vaccine that is administered for the prevention of serotype B, which can also lead to meningitis, is also available.