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Is a baby able to get bacterial meningitis?

Is a baby able to get bacterial meningitis?

Yes: Although it is thankfully rare, it can be life threatening. Generally a baby with meningitis will be extremely ill. Obviously, if you ever have such a concern, have your baby evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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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


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What are the chances of a infant surviving bacterial meningitis?

What are the chances of a infant  surviving bacterial meningitis?

Very good: Survival is not really the issue. Survival without permanent damage is the major goal. When meningitis is suspected, aggressive treatment is quite effective most of the time. However, many of these children will be left with permanent neurological problems. We are getting better at limiting these problems. ...Read more

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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Infection: Dont know what you are looking for- giving a general answer. Usually infection from other parts of body may spread to the meninges (the layers surrounding the brain). Infection in blood, infection in parts of body adjacent to the brain like ear, nose, sinus etc. And also if the is some form if manipulation of the meninges (shunt, brain surgery, lumbar puncture), it increases the risk. ...Read more

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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

How do you  get bacterial meningitis?

Contagion: Some are from contact with an infected patient such as meningococcal, but some develop secondary to an infection elsewhere in the body, such as lung affected cns. ...Read more

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How can one get bacterial meningitis?

How can  one get bacterial meningitis?

Germ + invasion: Your typical meningitis germ can be acquired from contact with an asymptomatic carrier or actual meningitis patient in secretions they leave behind. This includes on objects or surface or through direct contact. Your hands can pick them up, pass them to your face where they can enter the nose or upper airway. They can linger for a while & do nothing or begin to invade & cause you an infection. ...Read more

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How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

Not easily: The organisms causing this usually live in the back of the nose and throat as normal bacterial populations. They get into the blood stream and enter the subarachnoid space (surrounded by the meninges) though a structure called the choroid plexus. It is an uncommon disease these days since advent of vaccines for the meningococcus, pneumococcus and hemophilus influenzae. ...Read more

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Why do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

Why do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more

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How will bacterial meningitis affect the health of my child?

Varies: Bacterial meningitis can have effects from no long lasting problems to severe problems with hearing loss, seizures, etc. It depends on what the organism was that caused it and whether or not it was treated promptly. If your child has had bacterial meningitis, he/she will need close follow up to determine if any lasting effects are present. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child has had bacterial meningitis 3 times?

What do you suggest if my child has had bacterial meningitis 3 times?

Time for consultatn: If your kid had any form of bacterial meningitis more than once, I would send you to see a pediatric infectious disease specialist to find out why.If the kid received the recommended vaccines as an infant, this should never happen. ...Read more

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How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating.It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents.The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started. ...Read more

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I had bacterial meningitis as a child, was in a coma for a few days. What are long term complications of this disease?

Should be apparent : Bacterial meningitis has the nasty tendency to produce a specific set of problems depending on how soon it was detected & how effective it was treated. Hearing loss was common, brain abscesses can lead to seizures & or movement problems (cp), learning disabilities & the like. As an adult, you either have some of these issues or not. They would have been apparent by school age at the latest. ...Read more

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My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis ?

My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis ?

Menactra: According to the manufacturer, immunity begins to decline after 2-3 years but may last as long as 5. The initial dose is recommended at 11-12 years, with a booster at 16-18 years. The highest risk for contracting this disease seems to be for those living in close quarters , such as in dormitories. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get bacterial meningitis from popping pimples?

Is it possible to get bacterial meningitis from popping pimples?

See below: The bacterium staph. Aureus can cause bacterial meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain & spinal cord) and is a common cause of skin infections. While broken skin can introduce bacteria into the blood stream, it is unlikely for bacterial meningitis to result from popping pimples. That being said, popping pimples can lead to scarring & skin infections... & isn't advised. ...Read more

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Is it true you can get bacterial meningitis from popping pimples?

Is it true you can get bacterial meningitis from popping pimples?

Acne: It is not true that one gets bacterial meningitis from popping pimples. It is still not a good idea to do this because the spots are far more likely to scar if they are popped manually. ...Read more

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My son is 17 should he get a bacterial meningitis booster before graduating high school?

My son is 17 should he get a bacterial meningitis booster before graduating high school?

Yes: If he is going to college, camp, the armed services or any other group setting, he is in a high risk group and should have a booster. ...Read more

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How can I help my self.. With some after effects of bacterial meningitis? Isn't there any way to get these effects minimized to some extent? Therapy?

How can I help my self.. With some after effects of bacterial meningitis? Isn't there any way to get these effects minimized to some extent? Therapy?

What effects?: If you can be more specific about your "effects" from bacterial meningitis, then it would easier to offer advice. The typical after effects that are usually seen in young children can include hearing and visual difficulties, seizures, possible learning difficulties etc. If you are dealing with any of these, you should speak to your physician and get appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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Baby head is burning hot, but forehead n body pretty cool could this be bacterial meningitis, and he consantly hits himself in the head and bangs his?

More info needed: If you want us to render a diagnosis we at least have to have a temperature to go on. Touch and feel temperatures are meaningless. ...Read more

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I am not sure if I ever had the vaccine for bacterial meningitis. Is it safe to get it for a second time?

I am not sure if I ever had the vaccine for bacterial meningitis. Is it safe to get it for a second time?

Yes: It would not be a problem to have it given several times. There would likely be a modest benefit of boosting immunity if you did. If I was in an at risk population I would probably get it every 5 years just to be well protected. ...Read more

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Can neck pain, general malaise and nausea be only symptoms of bacterial meningitis in adults could vaccinated child pass disease to unvaccinated adult?

Can neck pain, general malaise and nausea be only symptoms of bacterial meningitis in adults could vaccinated child pass disease to unvaccinated adult?

Not the only symptom: Bacterial meningitis causes a severe headache and neck ache- not just general malaise and nausea....That sounds more like flu. Viral meningitis can be passed form person to person and bacterial forms that we do not have vaccines for so yes to second part of question- if you have concerns about meningitis that person needs to be seen asap. ...Read more

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Bacterial Meningitis (Definition)

Bacterial meningitis can be a life-threatening illness that results from bacterial infection of the meninges (membrane covering the brain) and leaves some ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more