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Pre-Teens targeted for shot

May 26. 2005

Leesburg- A new recommendation from doctors that your kids may not like. The American Academy of Pediatrics now says students should be vaccinated against meningitis before they enter high school.

It's already recommended for teenagers heading off to college. Pediatricians say they hope the new guideline will bring in more kids for their pre-adolescent check up.

"There is an increased risk of meningitis in the college years, but the idea is to cover that preventative care in the pre-adolescent child," said Dr. Cheryl Tolliver, Albany Area Primary Health Care.

The new vaccine protects those who get it longer. Pediatricians hope that within the next three years it will routinely be given to all kids by age eleven.



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