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How Do You Catch Meningitis
Yes: Some people seem naturally immune to some of the germs that cause meningitis & some gain immunity thru shots.Those with no immunity can "catch it" after passage of the germ from a source (person or object) to your body. The nasal passages are a prime pathway to their invasion. A penetrating injury to the brain may also allow otherwise benign germs to cause a meningitis by opening the skin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low, but possible: Meningitis (usually meningococcal) occurs sporadically usually in small outbreaks, commonly where there are large numbers of young adults in crowded living areas, like college dorms or army bases. I would recommend the Meningococcal vaccine before college or joining the service (if it isn"t already a requirement). ...Read more
Exposure/susceptable: It's puzzeling but some people can cary meningitis germs in their nose or throat & never get ill.We can get exposed to droplets in a sneeze, cough, kiss or mucous planted on a door handle. Touching our face with unwashed fingers carries germs that gain entrance to our nose/mouth/eye & if susceptabe, the germ begins to invade.We have cut the #'s of kid cases with vaccines & many adults could benifit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure: If you are a close contact with him you likely need medication to reduce your risk of contracting this. Usually in this scenerio the local health department is involved in making sure all those exposed are treated adequately so you may need to contact them for advice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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