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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I am not sure if I ever had the vaccine for bacterial meningitis. Is it safe to get it for a second time?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Why is getting a bacterial meningitis vaccination the only mandatory vaccine for a collage student? Shouldn't there be other vaccines too?
Sure: If you are a close contact with him you likely need medication to reduce your risk of contracting this. Usually in this scenerio the local health department is involved in making sure all those exposed are treated adequately so you may need to contact them for advice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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