College Frehmen and the “Dorm Disease”

High school graduates have more in common with newborn babies than one would think. Although departing the proverbial family nest, incoming college freshmen need vaccinations, too.
Meningococcal meningitis, the bacteriuin-induced inflammation of the lining ofthe brain, primarily affects first-year college students who live in dormitories. While health experts do not fully understand why this demographic is more susceptible than others, they have long believed that living in close quarters provides the most logical explanation.
For reasons that are not completely understood, young adults are susceptible to being infected as they go away to school and live in dormitories. The culprit, a bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis, is transmitted person-to-person and settles in its hosts’ nasal passages, where it can reside for days and even weeks at a time. The organism either remains in a hannless state or enters into the bloodstream and gains access to the brain where it causes infection. People whose immune systems have no prior exposure to the bacterium are the most susceptible to infection.
Out of approximately 3,500 cases of meningococcal meningitis each year in the United States, up to 10 percent of patients die within a few days to weeks of contraction. Even those who survive infection may suffer from serious neurological repercussions like permanent hearing damage.
Detection of bacterial meningitis can be tricky because of its non-specitlc symptoms, which may include tever, headache, malaise,nausea and vomiting. Photophobia, the fear of bright light, a stiff neck and a runny nose may also occur.
Although physicians are not always diligent about vaccinating graduating high school students, a growing number of colleges are treating incoming freshmen as soon as they set foot on campus. Getting vaccinated is a benefit to reduce the small but nonetheless real risk of getting this disease, which can be devastating.


  1. From a friend:

    “you can’t undo many years of classism. the darker you are the more likely you were lower caste and had to be in the sun, the less likely to have a good station in this life or the next. it’s ingrained as far as the DNA goes and will exist long after. it has to do with your station in life. maybe because we’re products of north america we can point and be judgmental and say that’s not cool, just cause we understand the class system this side of the pond isn’t bothered about the colour of your skin as much as whether you’re living in a trailer or not. white trash would be a concept completely lost in india…”

  2. Its not India or Goa, infact in entire world people are given more weightage everywhere since the time racism started in US. It is done people of secret society or Illuminati, they don’t like black people and they control mainstream media.

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