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A 22-year-old female asked:

Should i be worried about meningococcal disease? i've never kissed anyone or been kissed and should i get the shots to prevent it? 22 y.o female.

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Meningococcal vacine: Nope. This vaccine is very toxic, does not last very long and is only given in extreme situations by the local public health authorities. If you have any question your local public health department will have their local recommendations if there is any outbreak of bacterial meningitis where you live.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Situation dependent: If you are in dorms, dining halls or other such settings the vaccine is a good barrier against meningococcus. This germ can kill in 24 hours and is often seen in close communal settings.All my patients get it first around 10-12 and again as part of their college prep. You don't get much warning with this disease.

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