ATLANTA (AP) - A federal panel is recommending that two new meningitis vaccines only be used during outbreaks and not be given routinely to teens and college students.

ATLANTA (AP) A federal panel is recommending that two new meningitis vaccines only be used during outbreaks and not be given routinely to teens and college students.

The two vaccines target B strain meningococcal (mehn-ihn-joh-KAHK'-ul) infections, which can lead to deadly meningitis or blood infections. Full vaccination costs more than $300.

Routine shots against other strains of bacterial meningitis are already recommended for that age group.

The B strain is rare but there have been outbreaks at colleges recently, including at least two this year at the University of Oregon and Providence College in Rhode Island.

Thursday's recommendation if adopted by the government would influence the use of the new vaccines by doctors and insurance coverage.

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Online:

Vaccine panel: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/