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If a person had meningitis as a baby, what are the chances of him catching it again?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Rare

Although not impossible, reocurrance is very, very, very, very rare.

In brief: Rare

Although not impossible, reocurrance is very, very, very, very rare.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Yash Khanna
It depends on what was the the cause of meningitis.Meningitis can be caused by different bacteria.The commonest being pnumococcal,H Flu,and Meningococcal.It can also be caused by certain viryses and if you are exposed to a different osganism you can get meningitis.These days we immunise against some common strains of Pneumococcal,H Flu and meningococcal and that is going to reduce the cases of men
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Rare but possible

Bacterial causes of meningitis (the severe forms) do not confer permanent immunity.
At most, one could have immunity to that one germ (there many)that could last 5-10 years.Viral strains likely yield more long lasting immunity.That said, i've never seen it happen in 3 decades. There is some increased risk if you have a weak immune system but in that situation we usually see different strains involved.

In brief: Rare but possible

Bacterial causes of meningitis (the severe forms) do not confer permanent immunity.
At most, one could have immunity to that one germ (there many)that could last 5-10 years.Viral strains likely yield more long lasting immunity.That said, i've never seen it happen in 3 decades. There is some increased risk if you have a weak immune system but in that situation we usually see different strains involved.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Not more likely

Having had meningitis as a baby, doesn ot make a person more likely to catch meningtiis again.
If you have an immune deficiency, speak to your doctor to discuss what can be done to prevent meningitis, which can be caused by a number of bacteria and viruses. If not immune deficient, speak to your doctor about the immunizations available..

In brief: Not more likely

Having had meningitis as a baby, doesn ot make a person more likely to catch meningtiis again.
If you have an immune deficiency, speak to your doctor to discuss what can be done to prevent meningitis, which can be caused by a number of bacteria and viruses. If not immune deficient, speak to your doctor about the immunizations available..
Dr. William Singer
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