ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –A local pediatrician applauds the CDC’s approval of two expensive new meningitis vaccines.

Students already receive another meningitis vaccine that helps to protect against a rare strain that’s caused recent outbreaks on college campuses.

“What this recommendation does is now clears the way for insurance companies to pay for this vaccine,” says SLU Care pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. “…and hopefully for government agencies such as the VFC program (Vaccines for Children) to also pay for this vaccine.”

The CDC approval says that older teens and young adults may get the shots if they, along with their parents, want to take that step. Dr. Haller believes that it is very important that every child gets this vaccine.

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