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Normally, how long would the meningitis vaccination last?

Normally, how long would the meningitis vaccination last?

Depends: Meningococcal vaccine (menactra or menveo) now we know needs boosting at least 5 years after the first dose hemophilus meningitis vaccine, the 3 series plus 1 boosting done in the first 18 months of life gives live long immunity pneumococci vaccine we dont know. ...Read more

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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Son turned a year old last week and received his meningitis vaccination. Now there is a red hard lump! is this normal?

Son turned a year old last week and received his meningitis vaccination. Now there is a red hard lump! is this normal?

Not unusual: The vaccine can produce redness and swelling at the site of injection. It is included in the manufacturer's inforamtion to the fda. If is not accompanied by signs of altered mental status or high fever, it should resolve. ...Read more

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Can I smoke cigarettes immediately after meningitis vaccination ? Is there any bad relationship between vaccination and smoking?

Can I smoke cigarettes immediately after meningitis vaccination ? Is there any bad relationship between vaccination and smoking?

Smoking & vaccines: It is best if you don't smoke at all, you how bad that is for your health, there is no studies about relationships of smoking & any vaccines, I would prefer if you avoid smoking for a day or 2 since we have no information. May be you can search the internet. Good luck ...Read more

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Where can I get the meningococcal meningitis vaccination?

Where can I get the meningococcal meningitis vaccination?

Many places: Almost any health care provider should be able to administer this vaccine, and a quick search of drug store chains shows that many of them also provide the vaccine. However, the cdc does not currently recommend all adults get this vaccine (only certain at-risk groups). See http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate.Htm for more info. ...Read more

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Is it worth getting a meningitis vaccination? Also, is it a live or dead/inactivated vaccine? Just worried if it has more side effects than others.

Is it worth getting a meningitis vaccination? Also, is it a live or dead/inactivated vaccine? Just worried if it has more side effects than others.

Depends on exposure: The current meningitis vaccines are inactivated, so can't cause infection. Highest risk for meningitis are young adults who smoke and live in group settings like dorms or military, and also frequent bars. Also, health care workers. Foreign travel. Side effects and risk is low considering that n meningitis has such a high mortality. ...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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I have an ankylosing spondylitis, could i inject meningitis vaccination when i inject tnf-α inhabitors ? Does it has some risk

I have an ankylosing spondylitis, could i inject  meningitis vaccination when i inject tnf-α inhabitors ? Does it has some risk

Yes you can: The meningitis vaccine is a killed vaccine - no live organisms so it does not pose a threat. Anyone on biologic medication, like the tnf drugs cannot use live vaccines - like live flu vaccine while on the tnf drug. ...Read more

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I am 74 yrs.In march 2013 i took yellow fever and meningitis vaccinations together . After 14 days i had severe reactions. Burning feet temp etc?

I am 74 yrs.In march 2013 i took yellow fever and meningitis vaccinations together . After 14 days i had severe reactions. Burning feet temp etc?

Vaccines: I would address this with the infectious disease doctor who provided the vaccines and additionally, it is uncommon to have "reactions" 14 days after the vaccinations. It is likely a completely different problem. ...Read more

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I have neck stiffness and rashes on hands & feet. Could this be caused by meningitis vaccination i received 2 days ago?

I have neck stiffness and rashes on hands & feet. Could this be caused by meningitis vaccination i received 2 days ago?

Unlikely: There are few things that produce a rash on the palms and soles, including syphilis and tick borne illnesses like rocky mountain spotted fever. This sounds like you should go to a doctor and be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can there be some vaccination to protect our childern from meningitis.?

Can there be some vaccination to protect our childern from meningitis.?

Several available: The hib vaccine has been widely used since the 90's to prevent hemophyllis meningitis.The pneumococcal vaccine has been in wide use since 2000 and the Meningococcal since 2005. These aid in preventing some forms of meningitis, but there are others and vaccination does not provide 100% protection against them all. ...Read more

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Is there any vaccination or preventive measures against bacterial meningitis should I go overseas?

Is there any vaccination or preventive measures against bacterial meningitis should I go overseas?

Meningitis: The risk of contacting meningitis as an adult is minimal. In a third world country be much more concerned with malaria, and other mosquito born diseases. For third world countries check with an infectious disease specialist for vaccination reccomendations. ...Read more

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If immunizations are up to date, can someone still be at risk for meningitis? If a family member is diagnosed, what should relatives do next?

If immunizations are up to date, can someone still be at risk for meningitis?  If a family member is diagnosed, what should relatives do next?

Meningitis: Of the bacteria causing meningitis, it is meningocci that are the gratest concern since is is very contageous and may cause death within 24 hours. The vaccine available does not protect from all strains of the bacteria.If you susbect exposure to meningitis, contact your doctor immediately. ...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