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Is there a vaccine for bacterial meningitis?

Is there a vaccine for bacterial meningitis?

Yes: There are 3 major types of bacterial meningitis after the age of 2 months -- hib, pneumococcal, and meningococcal. There are effective vaccines for the major strains of all of them. E. Coli and group b strep are responsible for most cases of meningitis under 2 months of age; there are no vaccines for them, yet, and treatment of certain maternal infections is key to lessen the risk of such illnes. ...Read more

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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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Isnt there a vaccine for bacterial meningitis?

Isnt there a vaccine for bacterial meningitis?

Yes: A vaccine is available for meningitis caused by neisseria meningitides. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine is routinely recommended for all 11- through 18-year-olds. ...Read more

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I am not sure if I ever had the vaccine for bacterial meningitis. Is it safe to get it for a second time?

I am not sure if I ever had the vaccine for bacterial meningitis. Is it safe to get it for a second time?

Yes: It would not be a problem to have it given several times. There would likely be a modest benefit of boosting immunity if you did. If I was in an at risk population I would probably get it every 5 years just to be well protected. ...Read more

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Are there vaccines against bacterial meningitis?

Are there vaccines against bacterial meningitis?

Yes: Yes, there are several. The main ones are for pneumococcus, haemophilus, and Meningococcal meningitis. They are prevnar, (pneumococcal vaccine) ActHIB or pedvax, and Menveo or Menactra respectively. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis?

Is there a vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis?

Yes: There are several vaccines to prevent bacterial meningitis, including pneumoccal bacteria vaccine, meningcoccal vaccine, and h influenza are examples of vaccines that have been shown to reduce the likelyhood of acquiring mbacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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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 of the other germs. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to be having pain after bacterial meningitis vaccine?

Is it normal for me to be having pain after bacterial meningitis vaccine?

Bacterial meningitis: Depends on where the pain is occurring, if it is at the site of the injection at should clear within a couple of days. If the pain is elsewhere and persisting you should follow up with your primary care physician to rule out other problems. ...Read more

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How new is the bacterial meningitis vaccine? Can I wait a couple of years to give this vaccine to my 12-year old son? I'm afraid of a reaction.

How new is the bacterial meningitis vaccine? Can I wait a couple of years to give this vaccine to my 12-year old son? I'm afraid of a reaction.

Give it now: the vaccine is well tested and very effective. Meningococcal meningitis is devastating and very aggressive. It often kills or causes permanent damage such as limb loss and neurological damage. even when treated it aggressively attacks. he is in a high risk age group for thr infection ...Read more

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Why is getting a bacterial meningitis vaccination the only mandatory vaccine for a collage student? Shouldn't there be other vaccines too?

Yes: there are other vaccines they must have had just to get through k-12 grades. Recommended vaccines for college would be Hep A/Boostrix/HPV vaccines in addition to others normally received ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when 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