Suffering from a cold? Here’s the flu you should be worrying about

Written by Staff Writer The Zika virus has been the focus of much attention, but it is not the only health issue plaguing the US. The long-known risk of contracting meningitis and meningitis-causing meningococcal…

Suffering from a cold? Here's the flu you should be worrying about

Written by Staff Writer

The Zika virus has been the focus of much attention, but it is not the only health issue plaguing the US.

The long-known risk of contracting meningitis and meningitis-causing meningococcal bacteria are also adding to a list of top health-related concerns in the US, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here are the most pressing ones:

Covid-19. The CDC recently issued a public health advisory on the invasiveness of a disease called Covid-19, which has been linked to six cases of meningitis in California, and numerous others nationwide, since October.

Dr. Emily Krueger, an associate professor of pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine and deputy head of the team that discovered Covid-19, said, “We are advising parents to have their children receive the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (called ACVIII by the CDC) instead of the MMR vaccine in the 2018-2019 school year,” due to the risk of contracting this virus. The vaccine prevents against B strain meningococcal disease, and with this in mind, Krueger recommends these vaccines be given to children ages 9 months to 19 months.

The CDC is warning everyone to vaccinate their children against the infection and check the label for the recommended age for vaccinations, which are between 9 months and 59 months. Meningococcal disease is a bacterium that attacks the surface of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord.

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