Brandon Meline of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says it’s important that young people get vaccinated for meningitis more than once. He says health officials are learning that a one-time vaccine may not be enough to protect kids from the potentially fatal disease.
“Usually, when you get a two-dose series such as this, the first dose acts as a primer and protects pretty darn well with one dose. But that second dose, at three to five years later, is really acting as the booster and really revving up that immune system and getting that full protection.”
Meline says enforcement of the new, mandatory, meningitis shots could start as soon as next fall, but could be delayed to give more time to draw up regulations.