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Meningitis is an infection of the fluids and covering of the brain or spinal cord that can be caused by bacteria.  While viral meningitis is fairly common, and people usually recover fully, bacterial meningitis is very rare, but much more serious.  Meningitis is spread by close exchange of saliva and respiratory secretions through sharing of drinking glasses, cigarettes or kissing.  Symptoms of bacterial meningitis include severe headache, high fever, nausea/vomiting and stiff neck.  Symptoms can worsen very quickly.  Children with any of these symptoms should be checked by a doctor right away.  A vaccine against bacterial meningitis is available through private physicians and the Mecklenburg County Health Department, and is recommended for children in their early teens.

Meningitis and Vaccine Information

What You Need to Know About Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal Meningitis Flyer for College Students



Influenza (the flu) is a viral infection that can cause illness ranging from mild to severe and to life-threatening complications.  Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, muscle aches, dry cough, sore throat and runny, stuffy nose.  Children sometimes also have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  Flu is spread through respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze, or from droplets on unwashed hands.  Vaccine against flu is available every year beginning in October through private physicians and at the Mecklenburg County Health Department.  The vaccine is recommended for people at high risk for complications of the flu, (the elderly and those with chronic illnesses, including asthma) and people in close contact with them (this includes household contacts).  When vaccine supplies are in good supply, flu shots are also available for children and adults in the general public
CDC - The Flu
Mecklenburg Health Department - The Flu



HPV is a common virus that is spread from one person to another by close intimate contact.  There are about 40 types of HPV that can infect both men and women, and can raise the risk of cervical cancer in women.  The virus lives in the body and usually causes no symptoms, but some people may develop a visible growth or bump.  Most people with HPV do not know they are infected which is why males and females can pass it on without realizing it.  A new vaccine can now protect females (ages 9-26) from four major types of HPV.  For more information about HPV vaccine, check with your physician or the local Health Department.

HPV Information

HPV - Get Vaccinated

 HPV - Get Vaccinated (Spanish)