School-Age Vaccines: Meningococcal (Meningitis) Vaccine
You may have heard scary things about meningitis in the news and you may be wondering, what exactly is meningitis and what causes it?
Meningitis is an infection of the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by either viruses or bacteria. Viral meningitis is usually not that severe; however, bacterial meningitis is another story. Bacterial meningitis is usually very severe and can cause brain damage, deafness, loss of limbs and even death. One dangerous type of bacteria that causes meningitis is called meningococcal bacteria. These bacteria can also cause infections of the blood (called septicemia). Any illness caused by meningococcal bacterial is referred to as meningococcal disease. These illnesses are often severe and can be deadly. The good news is, there are vaccines that protect against meningococcal disease.
Watch the video to learn more about meningococcal disease and how to prevent it. After watching the video, test your knowledge with the quiz and earn vaccines.
An important note: The nurse in the video talks about meningococcal C bacteria. There are also other dangerous types of meningococcal bacteria. Depending on where you live in Canada, between grades 4 and 12 you will be offered a vaccine that protects you against either 1 type of meningococcal bacteria (type C) or 4 types of meningococcal bacteria (types A, C, Y, W-135).
Each lesson is accompanied by a quiz that lets students earn vaccines for UNICEF based on their score! Register to unlock all lessons and quizzes for free: