The vaccine for a form of meningitis is now being recommended for millions of adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics is advising the parents of eleven- and 12-year-olds and students entering high school to make sure their children get the shots.
The vaccine is also recommended for college students moving into dormitories.
Meningococcal (mehn-ihn-guh-KAH'-kuhl) meningitis strikes about three-thousand people annually nationwide. It kills about one-fifth of the adolescents who contract the virus.
The federal government has urged that a new vaccine developed in January be made available to high risk groups.
Pediatricians are hoping the vaccine will be routinely given to children by age eleven within three years.