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A 40-year-old member asked:

how likely is someone to give meningitis to someone if he's gotten the vaccine?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
No: The vaccine is made the with capsule ( polysaccharide) that surrounds the bacteria, no live bacteria is injected into the body, thus you can not give someone meningitis because you are vaccinated for menigitis.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Is there a vaccine for meningitis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Several available : Meningitis is a nonspecific term uses when the coverings of the brain are inflamed. There are a variety of bacteria, viruses & other agents that can trigger the process. We have vaccines for hemophillis influenza type b, meningococcus and pneumococcus. These are given at specific ages when kids or young adults are most vulnerable.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What can happen if you got the menegitous shot/vaccine twice in four years?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Nothing specific: Other than have a good set of immune antibodies to the meningitis, this is not a problem. Depending on which vaccine you are discussing (there are several meningitis forms & vaccines) a booster is sometimes recommended.
San Antonio, TX
A 27-year-old female asked:

Can some one explain menegitis vaccine. How do you get menegitis ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Vaccine prevents Men: Meningitis vaccine is given to prevent Meningococcal vaccine. But there are other causes of meningitis, which is an infection or the membrane covering the brain.It is a serious infection and can be caused by viruses, bacteria and other organisms.It is an infectious disease and like any other infectious disease, you get it by being exposed to the organism causing the infection.It can be life threateni.
Alexandria, VA
A 24-year-old female asked:

Is it possible to contract menegitis even after having the vaccine?

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
No and Yes: The vaccination your referring to is the Meningococcal vaccine which protects you against bacterial meningitis. This vaccine will only prophylaxis against bacterial and not viral meningitis. You can get viral meningitis and any point and many different viruses can cause the symptoms.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Until quite recently the meningococcal vaccine only covered types A & C. Type B was not included and rarely Type Y can produce meningitis. Pneumococcal meningitis still occurs despite the vaccine, and rarely there are other bacterial pathogens producing meningitis, like Listeria, Hemophilus, and so on.
Jun 1, 2014
Palestinian Territory
A 23-year-old female asked:

Is it safe to take meningitis booster vaccine ??

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
SAFE WITH EXCEPTIONS: Vaccines go through years of testing before their release for use. As long as you are not allergic to the components of the vaccine, there should be no reaction to it.Since you question the booster, if you had it before without an allergic reaction then the booster will be safe for you.

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