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Is Meningitis Vaccine Live Virus
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
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
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
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
-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
Yes: It is safe and can even be given more closely together if needed ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Waning: The protection from the vaccine may fade, so a booster is recommeded, specially for people who are entering college,. ...Read more
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
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
I'm 18 and haven't had a meningitis vaccine in 4 years. Should I get one? Am I at risk at this age?
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
Meningitis vaccine : It a dead vaccine.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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