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Is The Meningococcal Immunization The Same As A Meningitis Shot
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
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
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
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
MeningococcalVaccine: The latest recommendation is to have a booster after five years. ...Read more
The same: A vaccine is a set of proteins that trigger your body to produce antibodies against a certain agent. In this case it is the agent that causes Meningococcal infections. The most serious Meningococcal infection is the one that involves the meninges of the brain. This becomes Meningococcal meningitis. Good antibodies that build up from the vaccine can protect against the meningitis. ...Read more
Start with this link: Http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/default. HtmGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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
if you are not in these groups than you may defer vaccination against menin. ...Read more
In theory, yes;: In practice, allergic reactions to meningitis vaccine have never been described. ...Read more
Any clinic can: There's no restriction on which clinics can give Meningococcal vaccine. It's not like yellow fever vaccine, which can only be given by certified travel clinics. It's just a matter of ordering the vaccine from the pharmacy or distributor. ...Read more
Can you tell me if the Hib meningitis vaccine is the same as the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?
Looked at my daughter's pediatric an immunization record she is 5 why don't they give the meningitis shot it's weird to me she hasn't had one?
Doubt this is true: Your 5 yo likely had several doses of the HIB vaccine starting at 2 months. Hemophyllis meningitis used to be 80-90% of all infant & toddler meningitis. She also had the pneumococcal vaccine at the same time. It accounted for some. The meningococcal vaccine is usually given in the pre-teen & teen years when it is effective against the strains that cause the disease. ...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 an 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
Is it better to wait a while in between vaccine shots? I just got my tdap vaccine, thinking of also getting meningitis vaccine.
Not necessarily: These 2 vaccines can be received on the same day. Some vaccines do need to be separated from others on occasion but not very often. ...Read more
I received a meningitis vaccine monday my arm that the shot was given still is a little swollen, patch of redness, and very warm today is it normal?
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
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
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
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?
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