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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

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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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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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 90s 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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Is there any reason to get the meningitis vaccine twice?

Is there any reason to get the meningitis vaccine twice?

Yes: The protective antibody level after the "meningitis" shot wears off with time. To prolong the duration of protection, a booster shot becomes necessary. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with the meningitis vaccine?

What side effects are associated with the meningitis vaccine?

Usually minor: -local reaction at injection site--tenderness and pain very temporary.
-rare allergic reaction as possible with any vaccine or medicine with hives, wheezing, throat swelling.
-potential guillain-barré syndrome: no clear association has been found w/ vaccine but extremely rare random cases noted with : neurological symptoms like muscle weakness, tingling, & numbing sensations. ...Read more

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How long before I can feed my baby after taking meningitis vaccine?

How long before I can feed my baby after taking meningitis vaccine?

Yes: There is no reason to change your schedule or pattern of feeding if you get this vaccine. It will not alter your milk or hurt baby. ...Read more

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How often should you get the meningitis vaccine and are there any boosters?

How often should you get the meningitis vaccine and are there any boosters?

See below: Current recommendation is for the first Menactra vaccine at 11 years of age and a booster at 16 years of age. ...Read more

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I was wondering does the meningitis vaccine protect against fungi meningitis?

I was wondering does the meningitis vaccine protect against fungi meningitis?

No: I am not aware of any vaccine against any fungal disease, including meningitis.the current Meningococcal vaccine is only helpful in preventing some, not all, strains of the Meningococcal meningitis. It does not cover for other germs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what everyone think about my 16 month old getting meningitis vaccine?

Can you tell me what everyone think about my 16 month old getting meningitis vaccine?

Confusing question: Babies start getting vaccines that help prevent meningitis starting at 2 months. Delaying these until later is an invitation to devastating disease. If your question is about a specific for of meningitis vaccine, please be more specific. Questions are not linked on the site so you would need to start over from the beginning. ...Read more

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I had the meningitis vaccine 2.5 years ago! An I still immuned? When can I get it again?

I had the meningitis vaccine 2.5 years ago! An I still immuned? When can I get it again?

Should be ok: If you had menactra, one of the most common meningitis vaccines, you are covered for 5 years. Your doctor can tell you which one you've had. ...Read more

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Do ER nurses need meningitis vaccine? I had the vaccine 5 years ago and am wondering if I need it again?

Do ER nurses need meningitis vaccine? I had the vaccine 5 years ago and am wondering if I need it again?

Check with personnel: Check with Personnel Health at your hospital. They should have a list of which vaccines are required of all who work there be they doctors, nurses, or staff. Certain ones may be required while others are recommended and optional. ...Read more

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The minactra meningitis vaccine covers all types of bacterial meningitis?

The minactra meningitis vaccine covers all types of bacterial meningitis?

No: This vaccine is only helpful in preventing 4 strains of the meningococcus bacteria contained within the vaccine. These are the more common strains that cause this type of meningitis, but there are other strains. It does not cover any of the several other germs known to cause meningitis. Other vaccines cover some other germs. ...Read more

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How long do you think is a meningitis vaccine good for?

3 YEARS: Consensus 3 year after vaccination 73 % has protecting antibodies vs placebo
5-10 % of young adults and adolescents carries the bacteria in his nasopharynx. ...Read more

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How often can you need to receive the meningitis vaccine?

How often can you need to receive the meningitis vaccine?

Depends on age..: For adolescents who receive the first dose at age 13-15 years, a one-time booster dose should be administered, preferably at age 16 through 18 years. Adolescents who receive their first dose of mcv4 at or after age 16 years do not need a booster dose. Certain high risk adults should be vaccinated and receive a booster, see: http://www.Cdc. Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate-hcp. Htm. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does the meningitis vaccine change cells?

Meningitis vaccine: Works by exposing the disease fighting cells in the blood to pieces of meningitis causing bacteria. The blood cells then become primed, so that when the body is exposed to the real meningitis bacteria, they will recognize it quickly and destroy the germs. ...Read more

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Can the meningitis vaccine work forever or do you have to redo it?

Can the meningitis vaccine work forever or do you have to redo it?

Waning: The protection from the vaccine may fade, so a booster is recommeded, specially for people who are entering college,. ...Read more

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I recieved the meningitis vaccine yesterday and today I'm incredibly achey. Normal?

I recieved the meningitis vaccine yesterday and today I'm incredibly achey. Normal?

Yes: This can be a very normal reaction to the vaccine. If it last for more than a few days, then follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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Varieties of meningitis vaccine? What varieties of meningitis vaccine are available?

Varieties of meningitis vaccine? What varieties of meningitis vaccine are available?

Several available: There are several vaccines to bacterial meningitis available. This includes the hib-hemophillis influenza type b, the pneumococcal vaccine (13 strain) and the Meningococcal vaccine (4 strains). There are strains of bacteria and other germs that cause meningitis for which we have no effective vaccine. This includes various viruses, tb, amoeba, fungi etc. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and haven't had a meningitis vaccine in 4 years. Should I get one? Am I at risk at this age?

I'm 18 and haven't had a meningitis vaccine in 4 years. Should I get one? Am I at risk at this age?

Memigitis shot: Yes, you should have a shot for meningococcal meningitis, especially if you are invoved in sports or live in a dormitory ...Read more

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I recieved a meningitis vaccine in july 2012. Not sure which other than it was for meningitis. Was exposed today. How long immunity lasts? Protected?

I recieved a meningitis vaccine in july 2012. Not sure which other than it was for meningitis. Was exposed today.  How long immunity lasts? Protected?

At least 3 to 5 yrs: According to the research presented by the advisory committee on immunization practices (acip), which is one of the most research-based groups out there on this topic, the antibody protection from Meningococcal vaccines last at least 3-5 yrs for most. ...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 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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Doctors, what are the risks of getting a meningitis vaccine?

Doctors, what are the risks of getting a meningitis vaccine?

Reactions: Most common reactions are injection site rxn, headache, fatigue, joint pains, fever, vomiting, rash, diarrhea. ...Read more

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Meningitis vaccine side effects? What are the side effects of a meningitis vaccine?

See below: Usual side effects of Meningococcal vaccine ("meningitis shot") are local pain, headache and fatigue, usually lasting 2-3 days. ...Read more

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If I've never had a meningitis vaccine, would I need more than one shot on my first time? Do most hospitals have meningitis vaccine?

It's easy to find: Call a minute clinic as your local cvs or do a google search for your local public health department. If you have one, consult your personal physician.

It's easy to find, generally in stock, and lasts for at least 5 years. ...Read more

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How long does meningitis vaccine last? I had it about 5 years ago & wandering if I'm still covered? Also, do I need tetanus every 10 yrs regardless?

How long does meningitis vaccine last? I had it about 5 years ago & wandering if I'm still covered? Also, do I need tetanus every 10 yrs regardless?

Vaccines: A tetanus immunization should be given every 10 years and currently contains a small dose of diphtheria toxoid and pertussis protection. The meningocococcal vaccine is changing to cover more strains. Checking with the CDC site may give you the best advice. It appears you should receive this every 5 years at this point. All the best. ...Read more

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


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