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A 48-year-old member asked:

What happens if i don't get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: You may get lucky, never be exposed and never need the vaccine. You could also be exposed, take meds before symptoms start and do fine.You could also be exposed by an unknown source, develop the disease and say goodbye to the world in 24 hours.The general risk is low in most adults.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if I do not get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Taking your chances: The Meningococcal vaccine was developed to help prevent meningitis and blood poisoning from strains of this germ.Also called "the black death" due to its tendency to cause purple/black amputations of digits/hands/feet during its rapid progression.It tends to occur in clusters in groups of people in close proximity, like dorms, dining halls, classes.Death can occur within 24hrs of initial symptoms.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How often should you get a meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matt Pflieger
Family Medicine 40 years experience
1 time: The vaccine to prevent Meningococcal meningitis is a one time dose. It is typically given when someone is 11-12 or when they are going to college. These are the times when you are more at risk for being exposed to meningitis.

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