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2010-07-21MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Summer Meningitis

The bacterial or viral disease that inflames the membranes around the brain and spinal chord is fatal about 10 percent of the time.

Only about a third of Missouri kids have been vaccinated for the preventable kind- bacterial meningitis.

Kathy Pickering with the Missouri School Nurses Association and says kids 11 to 18 and those getting ready to live in college dorms need the shots- and she's trying to spread the word.

In a typical year more than 20 Missourians get the potentially fatal disease.

In the past 5 years, it's killed 18 Missourians.