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Meningococcal Meningitis and Influenza Vaccines
The Center for Disease Control makes available and recommends a meningococcal meningitis vaccine for all those between the ages of 11 through 18. Certain higher risk populations, such as those with certain medical conditions are especially urged to get the vaccines. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/index.html.
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. The vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Human papillomavirus (HPV) is thought to be responsible for nearly all cervical dysplasia and cervical cancers. Cervical dysplasia refers to abnormal changes in the cells on the surface of the cervix. Although these changes are not cancer, they can lead to cancer of the cervix if not treated. The HPV vaccine works by preventing the most common types of HPV that cause cervical cancer. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/cancer/gynecologic/basic_info/index.htm.