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Does your child need protection against bacterial meningitis? College freshmen living in close quarters in dorms are at a higher risk of acquiring this infection which is spread by person to person contact. The bacteria lives in the throats of many individuals and can be spread by coughing, kissing, or just being in close proximity to other people. The vaccine Menactra (MCV4) helps to protect against the four strains of meningococcus bacteria that cause bacterial meningitis. The vaccine should be given around age 11 and a booster at 16years. If a child missed the initial dose then a one time shot after age 16 will suffice for college admission.