TUESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Immunizations aren't just for young children -- college students need them, too.
That's the message an expert has for parents who will be seeing children off to college this month.
"Children who are preparing for their freshman year in a dormitory are at increased risk for bacterial meningitis," Dr. Peter Wenger, associate professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, said in a university news release.
Bacterial meningitis causes swelling of the brain and spinal cord. The potentially deadly condition affects up to 2,600 otherwise healthy people in the United States each year, and teenagers and young adults are in the high-risk category.