Friday, May 24 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:30:13 GMT
Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
August 11, 2005
Valdosta - Before students can enroll at Valdosta State University, they're required to have a series of vaccinations. "Tetanus, MMR which is measles mumps and rubella, and polio," said Debra Adams, Nurse.
But there's another important vaccination that's not required, but could save their life. "The meningococcal vaccine is recommended for college students who'll be living in the dormitories," said Adams.
The vaccine creates a shield against meningococcal disease, which is the leading cause of meningitis. The virus kills about 15 percent of its victims, and leaves even more with devastating side effects. "Of those who live, another 11 to 19 percent will lose their arms or legs, become deaf or have other serious complications with their nervous system," said Adams.
Meningitis is transmitted by close respiratory contact. Students who live in dorms share small, confined rooms and sleep just a few feet from each other, putting them at a higher risk for the disease. "About 20 percent of all U.S. cases occur in people ages 14 to 24," said Adams.
Meningitis is treatable with antibiotics if the symptoms are caught soon enough. "Headache, stiff neck, the person may have vomiting and diarrhea and usually there is fever associated," said Adams.
Still, the best line of defense is the vaccine, and it doesn't come cheap. "It may vary from place to place around $95.00 per dose," said Adams.
But it's a small price to pay for something that could make the difference between life and death.