Genesee County Health Department
Better Life Through Better Health
A vaccine that prevents against certain types of
bacterial meningitis is now available at the Genesee County Health Department.
This vaccine, menomune, is for persons 2 years of age and older who are
at higher risk for the disease. Menomune
is only effective against specific groups of meningococcal meningitis.
It does not provide complete protection from infection from all types of
meningitis. Protection from the
vaccine begins 10 to 14 days after immunization and lasts approximately 3-5
years. If persons are at a
continued high risk, revaccination may be necessary.
Possible side effects include redness and swelling at the injection site
and fever. If side effects occur
they are usually mild and short term.
People who are at a higher risk for bacterial meningitis may want to
consider getting vaccinated. Individuals
are at higher risk for bacterial meningitis if they:
Live or work in an area where there is a strong possibility of
contracting bacterial meningitis (college dorms, army barracks, etc.)
Have had their spleen removed
Have diseases associated with immunosuppression (HIV, S.
The American College Health Association is now recommending that
college students consider vaccination against meningococcal disease.
The health department has a limited quantity of
the vaccine. The cost of the
vaccine is $65.00. To receive the
vaccine call the Genesee County Health Department Immunization Clinic at (810)
257-3612 to reserve a dose. The
Genesee County Health Department is located in the McCree Courts & Human
Services Building, 630 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502.