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How often should you get a meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

How often should you get a meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

MeningococcalVaccine: The latest recommendation is to have a booster after five years. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What are the risks if I do not get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

What are the risks if I do not get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

RISK TO GET MENINGOC: At age 39 you still have a risk to contact Meningococcal meningitis if you are exposed to the disease
if you are travelling to a country in the meningitis belt area in sub sahara africa, or functional or anatomic aslenia, ncluding sickle cell disease
employment s microbiologist, traveling to mecca and medina
military recruits
if you are not in these groups than you may defer vaccination against menin. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

What are the side effects of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

VACCINE: SIDE EFFECT: Meningococcal vaccine: current recommendation: 1st dose at 11 years and booster 5 years later. New recommendation is coming to start at two years or as early as 2 mo age in susceptible children, 2 to 4 doses.

Side effects: like all other vaccines, some malaise, mild headache, low grade fever, localized redness lasting 1-2 days. ...Read more

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How is the meningococcal vaccine different from the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

How is the meningococcal vaccine different from the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

The same: A vaccine is a set of proteins that trigger your body to produce antibodies against a certain agent. In this case it is the agent that causes Meningococcal infections. The most serious Meningococcal infection is the one that involves the meninges of the brain. This becomes Meningococcal meningitis. Good antibodies that build up from the vaccine can protect against the meningitis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time is meningococcal meningitis vaccine effective for?

Can you tell me how much time  is meningococcal meningitis vaccine effective for?

At least 4 yrs : Conjugated Meningococcal vaccine provides protection for 4+ years. To maintain a protective level of antibody to a longer period, a booster dose is necessary. ...Read more

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What location can I find a clinic that has the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

What location can I find a clinic that has the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Any clinic can: There's no restriction on which clinics can give Meningococcal vaccine. It's not like yellow fever vaccine, which can only be given by certified travel clinics. It's just a matter of ordering the vaccine from the pharmacy or distributor. ...Read more

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Can one have an allergic reaction to meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Can one have an allergic reaction to meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

In theory, yes;: In practice, allergic reactions to meningitis vaccine have never been described. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if the Hib meningitis vaccine is the same as the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Can you tell me if the Hib meningitis vaccine is the same as the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Not the same: Hib protects against meningitis caused by haemophilus influenza type b ('h. Flu'). The Meningococcal vaccine prevents meningitis caused by neisseria meningitis ('meningococcus'). ...Read more

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Is the meningococcal vaccine the same as meningitis vaccine?

Is the meningococcal vaccine the same as meningitis vaccine?

Terminology: There are several vaccines that help reduce bacterial meningitis. The Hemophylis influenza type B (HIB) and pneumococcus are commonly given in infancy. The most common meningococcal vaccines are 2 that help protect against meningococcal strains A,C,W &Y. A newer separate vaccine is now heavily advertised in the US against meningococcal strain B. These are given to pre-teens thru adults. ...Read more

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Where can I get the meningococcal meningitis vaccination?

Where can I get the meningococcal meningitis vaccination?

Many places: Almost any health care provider should be able to administer this vaccine, and a quick search of drug store chains shows that many of them also provide the vaccine. However, the cdc does not currently recommend all adults get this vaccine (only certain at-risk groups). See http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate.Htm for more info. ...Read more

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How do inmates get meningococcal meningitis?

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How do inmates get meningococcal meningitis?

Air transmission: Meningococcus is spread through the air and so can be transmitted by sick individuals and carriers of the disease to anyone that they are in close contact with. ...Read more

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How long does meningococcal meningitis last for?

How long does meningococcal meningitis last for?

Infection vs sequela: The duration of treatment depends on the presentation. If it was caught early and appropriate antibiotics were started the studies have shown that the CSF is sterilized before the 4th day (in immunocompetent patients). If it was more advanced, associated with bacteremia and sepsis then 7 days is the norm. About 10% of individuals will suffer from long-lasting sequelae that will need further help. ...Read more

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How long from the symptoms start in meningococcal meningitis until the person is dead?

How long from the symptoms start in meningococcal meningitis until the person is dead?

Can be rapid: Have seen patients die within two hours of onset of symptoms with Meningococcal meningitis. Bad disease. ...Read more

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Is meningococcal meningitis bacterial meningitis or are they 2 different things?

Is meningococcal meningitis bacterial meningitis or are they 2 different things?

Different: Bacteria of many types can cause meningitis. In premi's it is often Group B strep or E.coli. In unimmunized infants and toddlers, Hemoplillis influenzae or pneumococcus & rarely meningococcus. In older kids, teens and adults it may be meningococcus or pneumococcus among others. Meningococcal meningitis is just getting more advertising time with newer vaccines available. ...Read more

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What is the difference between meningococcal sepsis and meningococcal meningitis?

What is the difference between meningococcal sepsis and meningococcal meningitis?

Location: Organinsm is the same, location is different. Sepsis is a blood infection. Meningitis is a spinal fluid infection. ...Read more

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Is meningococcal meningitis bacterial and i'm taken topamac i still feel dizziness, aposynttonismos,nausea?

Yes. It is bacterial: It is a bacterial infection of the brain. I assume u mean topamax (topiramate) which is an anti seizure medicine. If you recently had bacterial meningitis you will likely have these symptoms for quite sometime. Recommend seeing a neurologist and an MRI might be the next step. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the duration of illness for meningococcal meningitis?

Help please? What is the duration of illness for meningococcal meningitis?

Less than a week: Once diagnosis of Meningococcal meningitis is established and proper treatment is rendered, recovery is pretty fast. ...Read more

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I need advice on what's the duration of illness for meningococcal meningitis?

I need advice on what's the duration of illness for meningococcal meningitis?

5-7 days: Meningococcal meningitis without meningococcemia generally requires 5-7 days of antibiotics treatment. ...Read more

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What is the time line of a meningococcal meningitis infection?

What is the time line of a meningococcal meningitis infection?

Dead in 24 hours: This is a devastatingly horrific disease. Patients go from initial fever, to very ill, to fulminant sepsis, hypotension, shock and death within 24 to 48 hours. When patients call at night after three days of fever in a small child, we pediatricians actually breath a sigh of relief. "This is not a child with meningitis, we think to ourselves" We are always more concerned about new onset fever ...Read more

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Who is at risk for meningococcal meningitis?

Risk for meningitis: Meningococcal meningitis is an infections disease, spread by close contact with infected individuals or carriers of meningococcus. The risk is high in populations such as college student, camps and schools, especially boarding schools.

Known contacts of infected individuals should consult their doctor about the need for prophylactic treatment. ...Read more

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What steps can be taken to avoid meningococcal meningitis?

What steps can be taken to avoid meningococcal meningitis?

Get vaccinated: Vaccines are available that help boost resistance to meningocal meningitis.It covers 4 strains of the germ and may provide some cross resistance for others. It has been in regular use amoung teens & college age kids for some time.If u are directly exposed to a case, several days of abx are given to supress it before it starts. Effective handwashing and other hygenic practices round out your options. ...Read more

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Can meningococcal meningitis be passed on from person to person?

Respiratory droplets: Meningococcus lives in peoples' noses, and can be transmitted by cough or sneezing. Only a few of the people who inhale meningococcus will actually get sick, but those who do get sick will be in grave danger. ...Read more

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What are the chances of catching meningococcal meningitis?

What are the chances of catching meningococcal meningitis?

Meningitis: If you are exposed to someone with Meningococcal meningitis, you are at risk for developing Meningococcal infection. Contact you doctor as there are antibiotics you can have prescribed that should protect you from developing the infection. ...Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more