College students most at risk of deadly meningitis B infection, report finds

January 2, 2019

College students are far more likely than others to develop a rare, but potentially deadly, type of bacterial infection, a new study shows.

Students between the ages of 18 and 24 were three and a half times more likely than non-college kids to develop an infection from meningococcus B, which can lead to a life-threatening blood disease, according to the report published Monday in Pediatrics. While there is a vaccine against MenB, few teens and young adults receive it, since it is not one of the immunizations currently recommended for all teens heading into college.

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