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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)

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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I need a meningitis shot for college, but my shot records states that I have a meningococcal vaccine. I did a little research when i sent my shot records off and the school stated they were still missing my meningitis shot. Would the "meningococcal vaccin

I need a meningitis shot for college, but my shot records states that I have a meningococcal vaccine. I did a little research when i sent my shot records off and the school stated they were still missing my meningitis shot. Would the "meningococcal vaccin

Need 2 shots: You need a second shot (booster) to the Meningococcal vaccine at 16-17 years, unless you were 16 or older when you got the first dose. If you are 18 or older, then you are too old for the booster. There are some colleges having outbreaks of meningitis, but they are usually providing a different Meningococcal vaccine than the one you would have had. ...Read more

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Is the meningococcal vaccine the same as meningitis vaccine?

Is the meningococcal vaccine the same as meningitis vaccine?

Yes: Generally speaking, they refer to the same type of vaccine. There are currently three 'meningitis' vaccines approved for use in the us to protect inidividuals from certain strains of the bacteria neisseria meningitidis (a.K.A the meningococcus). ...Read more

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What happens if i don't get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

What happens if i don't get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Depends: You may get lucky, never be exposed and never need the vaccine. You could also be exposed, take meds before symptoms start and do fine.You could also be exposed by an unknown source, develop the disease and say goodbye to the world in 24 hours.The general risk is low in most adults. ...Read more

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How often should you get a meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

How often should you get a meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

MeningococcalVaccine: The latest recommendation is to have a booster after five years. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I do not get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Taking your chances: The Meningococcal vaccine was developed to help prevent meningitis and blood poisoning from strains of this germ.Also called "the black death" due to its tendency to cause purple/black amputations of digits/hands/feet during its rapid progression.It tends to occur in clusters in groups of people in close proximity, like dorms, dining halls, classes.Death can occur within 24hrs of initial symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

What are the side effects of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

VACCINE: SIDE EFFECT: Meningococcal vaccine: current recommendation: 1st dose at 11 years and booster 5 years later. New recommendation is coming to start at two years or as early as 2 mo age in susceptible children, 2 to 4 doses. Side effects: like all other vaccines, some malaise, mild headache, low grade fever, localized redness lasting 1-2 days. ...Read more

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What are the risks if I do not get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

What are the risks if I do not get the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

RISK TO GET MENINGOC: At age 39 you still have a risk to contact Meningococcal meningitis if you are exposed to the disease if you are travelling to a country in the meningitis belt area in sub sahara africa, or functional or anatomic aslenia, ncluding sickle cell disease employment s microbiologist, traveling to mecca and medina military recruits if you are not in these groups than you may defer vaccination against menin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time is meningococcal meningitis vaccine effective for?

Can you tell me how much time  is meningococcal meningitis vaccine effective for?

At least 4 yrs : Conjugated Meningococcal vaccine provides protection for 4+ years. To maintain a protective level of antibody to a longer period, a booster dose is necessary. ...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