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.
Yes. Infants of 2 months or older receive Hib (hemophilus influenzae, type b) and pneumococcal vaccine to protect them from getting serious infections including meningitis caused by the two most common bacteria. Meningitis in infants under 2 months of age is most often caused by group b 'strep' infection against which we do not have a vaccine.

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Isnt there a vaccine for bacterial meningitis?

Yes. A vaccine is available for meningitis caused by neisseria meningitides. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine is routinely recommended for all 11- through 18-year-olds.
There are several. Infants/toddlers receive doses of the HIB & pneumococcal vaccines. These are common causes of meningitis in the unimmunized population. Teens or adults can receive any of 3 forms meningococcal vaccine that cover various strains of the germ.

I am not sure if I ever had the vaccine for bacterial meningitis. Is it safe to get it for a second time?

Yes. It would not be a problem to have it given several times. There would likely be a modest benefit of boosting immunity if you did. If I was in an at risk population I would probably get it every 5 years just to be well protected.

Are there vaccines against bacterial meningitis?

Yes. Yes, there are several. The main ones are for pneumococcus, haemophilus, and Meningococcal meningitis. They are prevnar, (pneumococcal vaccine) ActHIB or pedvax, and Menveo or Menactra respectively.
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.

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.
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.

The minactra meningitis vaccine covers all types of bacterial meningitis?

Menactra. The Menactra vaccine is avaccine against the meningococcus only.
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.

Is it normal for me to be having pain after bacterial meningitis vaccine?

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.

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.