ANTIGO - Students graduating from high school could be at risk for meningitis. Public health experts say now is a good time to make sure high school students are up to date on their meningitis vaccine.
Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Public health nurses say it tends to spread quickly wherever large groups of people gather together. That's why they think students living in college dorms have a higher risk of getting meningitis.
"Often times, you'll hear that it was during spring break or a time where people were clustering together," says Langlade County deputy health officer Karen Hegranes. "Then, one individual who was compromised because of an illness they just had, when [meningitis] was introduced to their body, it made a difference."