Meningitis is a serious disease, and college students are at a higher risk to get certain types of meningitis. Why?
- Shared living arrangements: Meningitis can spread quickly when folks live in close proximity to each other because it is spread by the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (e.g. coughing and kissing). Residence halls and large apartment buildings fit this bill.
- Age: Meningitis risk increases for people age 16-21, which are the ages of high school and traditionally-aged college students.