Health officials caution parents after 2 meningitis deaths

April 23, 2008 7:31:16 PM PDT
Two people died recently from meningitis, so Chicago health officials are urging parents to protect their children by getting them vaccinated.Officials say meningitis, especially among teens, has been on the rise in recent weeks.

While most people survive the illness, it can be fatal. So health officials are taking action to try to prevent the disease from becoming an epidemic.

"Every child between the ages of 11 and 18 should receive this vaccine," said Dr. Terry Mason, Chicago health commissioner.

Vaccination clinics are being held this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at two Chicago park district sites. They are Columbus Park and Douglas Park.

Parents may also call 311 to find other free vaccination locations across the city.