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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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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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How often can you need the meningitis vaccine?

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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What are the health risks of getting a meningitis vaccine?

What are the health risks of getting a meningitis vaccine?

None.: There are several meningitis vaccines given, mostly to children. They are all safe and necessary vaccines and can prevent unnecessary illness and death. The meningococcal vaccine is mostly given to children at age 10-11 with a booster at 16; pneumococcal and hemophilus influenza B are both given as a series with the regular under 2 year old vaccines. They also may be given to adults at risk. ...Read more

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Are infants supposed to get the meningitis vaccine?

Are infants supposed to get the meningitis vaccine?

Several used: 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 for teens ; older.There are other causes of meningitis. No one vaccine protects against all causes ; some give strong but partial protection. ...Read more

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Can the meningitis vaccine contribute to autism of my child

Can the meningitis vaccine contribute to autism of my child

Causality not there: The study cited prior (j of inorganic biochemistry) uses a a logic algorithm (hill's criteria) to show a strong association- however, this is not causation. Hill's criteria doesn't even begin to take into consideration, the complex interplay between genetics and environmental factors that contribute to the diversity seen in autistic children. To conclude so, is dangerous to children we care for. ...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


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