Heidi Gurov, RN BSN CMSRN ONC
Clinical Consultant and QI Specialist
Wyoming Department of Health Immunization Unit
Although rare, meningococcal disease can be a swift killer of healthy adolescents and young adults. In this session, we will explore the science behind the meningococcal disease, risk factors, disease transmission, presentation of symptoms, and the impact on those infected. Meningococcal vaccination will also be discussed, breaking down meningococcal ACWY and meningococcal B vaccines. Current ACIP recommendations will be provided, along with a brief overview of special populations and travel vaccination recommendations. Wyoming meningococcal vaccination coverage levels, as well as strategies for effectively recommending meningococcal vaccines, will be discussed.
This session is valuable for any provider staff interested in increasing knowledge and understanding of meningococcal disease and vaccination.