#1 Ranked Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report
MyPatients provides referring primary care providers with secure access to their patients’ information.
Boston Children's has launched the world's 1st program dedicated to offering hand transplants to children who qualify.
Innovation insider is a semi-monthly e-newsletter analyzes innovations at Boston Children’s, other academic medical centers and from industry.
Read the latest blog by a Boston Children's doctor, clinician or staff member.
There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Meningococcal infections are caused by a group of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. The most common forms of meningococcal infections include meningitis (infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord) and blood stream infections. Meningococcal infections are rare and may be serious.
Types of meningococcal infections
The most common forms of Meningococcal infections include:
What causes meningococcal infections?
The Neisseria meningitidis bacteria are spread through close contact with infected people. Droplets in the air from a sneeze or close conversation can be inhaled and may cause infection. In rare cases, the bacteria grow rapidly causing serious illness in both children and adults.
Are meningococcal infections common?
Meningococcal infections are usually uncommon, but potentially fatal. More specifically:
What are the symptoms ofmeningococcal infections?
While symptoms vary from child-to-child, the most common include:
Can you prevent meningococcal infections?
The meningococcal vaccine helps prevent most strains of meningococcus bacteria. It is normally given during the routine preadolescent immunization visit (when a child is 11 or 12 years old).
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”