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are there vaccines against bacterial meningitis?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Yes, there are several. The main ones are for pneumococcus, haemophilus, and Meningococcal meningitis. They are prevnar, (pneumococcal vaccine) ActHIB or pedvax, and Menveo or Menactra respectively.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Various vaccines: Today there are vaccines for three common causes of bacterial meningits. The hib vaccine introduced in the 90's has droppped the rate of hemophillis meningitis by >90 %, the pneumococcal (2000) & meningococcal(2005) have also helped. There are other bacterial & nonbacterial causes of meningitis. No one vaccine protects against all causes & some give strong but partial protection.

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