Vaccines

Local health officials talk benefits of meningococcal vaccine

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – As school is out for the summer, parents should make sure their children have the correct vaccinations before returning in the fall.

One of those vaccinations is for meningococcal disease.

It’s a rare bacterial infection that can be spread in large, crowded spaces such as dormitories or army barracks.

It’s spread by coughing or sneezing directly into another person’s face.

1 in 10 people have the organism in their throat at one time, but medical professionals are not sure what triggers it.

Symptoms include headache, high fever, a stiff neck, trouble looking at bright lights along with confusion and fatigue.

If untreated, it can lead to amputation of…