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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?

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

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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

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How is the meningococcal vaccine different from the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

How is the meningococcal vaccine different from the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

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

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Can one have an allergic reaction to meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Can one have an allergic reaction to meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

In theory, yes;: In practice, allergic reactions to meningitis vaccine have never been described. ...Read more

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What location can I find a clinic that has the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

What location can I find a clinic that has the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

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

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Can you tell me if the Hib meningitis vaccine is the same as the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Can you tell me if the Hib meningitis vaccine is the same as the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

Not the same: Hib protects against meningitis caused by haemophilus influenza type b ('h. Flu'). The Meningococcal vaccine prevents meningitis caused by neisseria meningitis ('meningococcus'). ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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?

Local reaction: Sometime you can have a local reaction to a shot. No harm done. Reduce the swelling with cold compresses for20 minutes 3-4 a day. ...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