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Can I prevent meningitis by adopting better hygiene?

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Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Meningitis is something that can come from spinal fluid leak after a head injury or surgery.
It can follow some viral illnesses but usually comes from bacteria that aren't altered by hygiene. College students and military recruits in barracks can get a vaccine to decrease their risk.

In brief: No

Meningitis is something that can come from spinal fluid leak after a head injury or surgery.
It can follow some viral illnesses but usually comes from bacteria that aren't altered by hygiene. College students and military recruits in barracks can get a vaccine to decrease their risk.
Dr. Kevin Teal
Dr. Kevin Teal
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Dr. Kate Tulenko
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, partly

meningitis” is a general term for inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and can be caused by 100s of different bacteria, viruses, fungi, & protozoa.
The risk of some of these can be reduced through better hygiene, especially hand hygiene. If your doctor has recommended one of the several meningitis vaccines (pneumococcal, haemophilus, meningococcal) i would recommend getting the v.

In brief: Yes, partly

meningitis” is a general term for inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and can be caused by 100s of different bacteria, viruses, fungi, & protozoa.
The risk of some of these can be reduced through better hygiene, especially hand hygiene. If your doctor has recommended one of the several meningitis vaccines (pneumococcal, haemophilus, meningococcal) i would recommend getting the v.
Dr. Kate Tulenko
Dr. Kate Tulenko
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