bonedriven (bonedriven) wrote in thequagmire,

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I recieved an envelope today. Something from the National Meningitis Association. Apparently meningitis is very common among college students. Especially freshmen. Even more likely among those who live in dorms. I read the letter enclosed and the little pamplet. I had never heard that this was so common. In all honesty, I'd never heard that much about it at all. Everything I did hear wasn't in relation to college students in particular.

Each year, meningitis strikes about 2500 Americans and 10 to 15 percent of them will die.

Up to 20 percent of survivors have long term disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or limb amputations (due to possible gangrene.)

Meningitis is spread mostly by an infected person touching something with his or her mouth and then sharing those objects with other people. (lip balm, drinking glasses, cigarettes, utensils)

I found this quite scary. Not that I share any of those kinds of things with any people but Bill. But, the disease is also spread through air droplets (as well as direct contact with someone who's infected, kissing, coughing, etc.).

I was wondering if you guys had even really heard about this disease. If you have, what had you heard about it? I'm considering getting a vaccination now though. :\
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