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Is the meningococcal immunization the same as a meningitis shot?

Is the meningococcal immunization the same as a meningitis shot?

Maybe: Maybe - but there are many forms of meningitis and several different shots for different types of meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis is one form of bacterial meningitis and there is a vaccine for it, but there are others as well, such as prevar, acthib, pedvax, etc... ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when 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


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Looked at my daughter's pediatric an immunization record she is 5 why don't they give the meningitis shot it's weird to me she hasn't had one?

Looked at my daughter's pediatric an immunization record she is 5 why don't they give the meningitis shot it's weird to me she hasn't had one?

Not required: meningitis vaccine isn't a requirement, unless certain populations/ conditions, eg exposure, certain immunodeficiency states, check with your local health authority if you wish, and also check this link http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/downloads/parent-ver-sch-0-6yrs.pdf ...Read more

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Can bloodtest reveal I took BCG, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Meningitis(Quadrivalent) and HepatitisB vaccines? I can't seem to find my immunization card.

Can bloodtest reveal I took BCG, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Meningitis(Quadrivalent) and HepatitisB vaccines? I can't seem to find my immunization card.

Yes: You can get blood drawn to check for antibody titres for these diseases. If you have been immunized there will be a positive titre, if not it will be negative and you can get the booster. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Does a meningitis vaccine hurt?

Does a meningitis vaccine hurt?

"No": Any one of the 4 different meningitis vaccines (Meningococcal ACWY, Meningococcal B, Haemophilus B, or Pneumococcal) is as painless as the 3 others, and as painless as a flu shot or a tetanus shot. ...Read more

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Do meningitis and tetnus vaccine hurt?

Do meningitis and tetnus vaccine hurt?

Not much: Any injection hurts a bit, and some vaccines cause soreness a few days at the injection site. But it never hurts nearly as much as having meningitis or tetanus. If your doctor has recommended vaccination, do it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How often can you need the meningitis vaccine?

If Ongoing Risk: If ongoing risk, booste dose is repeated in 5 years. Who should get vaccine? -live in a dorm -traveling to meningitis belt in africa or to mecca -those in military -those with weak immune system (terminal complement deficiency) or immunosuppressant drugs - those whose spleens have been removed surgically - those exposed in a meningitis outbreak -adolescents & teens between 11 - 18 years of age. ...Read more

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When can a toddler get the vaccine for meningitis?

When can a toddler get the vaccine for meningitis?

Which one ?: Infants and toddlers routinely get vaccines against the HIB and Pneumococcal meningitis at 2/4 and 6 mo. At least one of the meningococcal vaccines has been approved for toddlers but lacks activity against the main strain of the germ causing it in young kids.At this point it is only recommended to high risk groups under age 10. ...Read more

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Can you contract meningitis from a meningitis vaccine?

Can you contract meningitis from a meningitis vaccine?

No: There are no live bacteria in the vaccine, so you cannot get the disease from the vaccine. ...Read more

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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