How to Prevent Tetanus & Bacterial Meningitis
Hockey players 11 and older -- particularly adults -- should consider the MCV4 vaccination to prevent bacterial meningitis. This deadly disease affected adult players in Fort Collins, Colorado, this year, possibly from sharing water bottles or shaking hands after removing their mouthguards. According to KidsHealth.org "Children who have not had the vaccine and are over 11 years old should also be immunized, particularly if they're going to college, boarding school, camp, or other settings where they are going to be living in close quarters with others."
Editor's Note: Thank you to Kelly Anton for this story.