Worried about bacterial meningitis. How can I prevent from getting this?

Don't worry. Washing hands and not sharing food and drink can help minimize risk.
Vaccines. There are now various vaccines available that can prevent various forms of bacterial meningitis. Consult your physician.

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Is there a vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis?

Various vaccines. Today there are vaccines for three common causes of bacterial meningits. The hib vaccine introduced in the 90's has droppped the rate of hemophillis meningitis by >90 %, the pneumococcal (2000) & meningococcal(2005) have also helped. There are other bacterial & nonbacterial causes of meningitis. No one vaccine protects against all causes & some give strong but partial protection. Read more...
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...

24 hours w/pharyngitis, sore neck shoulders, mild headache comes and goes. Worried about bacterial meningitis doc said don't worry. Get 2nd opinion?

Trust your doctor. although a 2nd or even 3rd opinion is your right, however what you described goes with pharyngitis, revisit your doctor for another exam if you don't feel good after a day or two, good luck. Read more...

My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis?

Through college. Meningococcal meningitis is a real threat to those in communal communities like college dorms and camps. there is a new Meningococcal vaccine and your child should have at least 2 doses. Read more...
Menactra. According to the manufacturer, immunity begins to decline after 2-3 years but may last as long as 5. The initial dose is recommended at 11-12 years, with a booster at 16-18 years. The highest risk for contracting this disease seems to be for those living in close quarters , such as in dormitories. . Read more...

How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Contagion. Some are from contact with an infected patient such as meningococcal, but some develop secondary to an infection elsewhere in the body, such as lung affected cns. Read more...
Germ + invasion. Your typical meningitis germ can be acquired from contact with an asymptomatic carrier or actual meningitis patient in secretions they leave behind. This includes on objects or surface or through direct contact. Your hands can pick them up, pass them to your face where they can enter the nose or upper airway. They can linger for a while & do nothing or begin to invade & cause you an infection. Read more...

How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

Not easily. The organisms causing this usually live in the back of the nose and throat as normal bacterial populations. They get into the blood stream and enter the subarachnoid space (surrounded by the meninges) though a structure called the choroid plexus. It is an uncommon disease these days since advent of vaccines for the meningococcus, pneumococcus and hemophilus influenzae. Read more...