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How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: Hygiene

Well...Meningitis is incredibly rare.
The best way to prevent viral infections is frequent hand washing and hygiene. Unfortunately, unless you live in complete isolation in a sterile environment, you will get viral infections at some point.

In brief: Hygiene

Well...Meningitis is incredibly rare.
The best way to prevent viral infections is frequent hand washing and hygiene. Unfortunately, unless you live in complete isolation in a sterile environment, you will get viral infections at some point.
Dr. Ryan Stanton
Dr. Ryan Stanton
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: Reduce exposure

Depending if they have a preference(aka tropism) for tissue found specifically in the central nervous system, a number of viruses can potentially cause meningitis.
Though it is impossible to eliminate all chances, you can reduce it with certain viruses that are transmitted by vectors like mosquitoes (west nile, eastern equine encephalitis, dengue) and by safe sex practices/abstinence (hiv, hsv).

In brief: Reduce exposure

Depending if they have a preference(aka tropism) for tissue found specifically in the central nervous system, a number of viruses can potentially cause meningitis.
Though it is impossible to eliminate all chances, you can reduce it with certain viruses that are transmitted by vectors like mosquitoes (west nile, eastern equine encephalitis, dengue) and by safe sex practices/abstinence (hiv, hsv).
Dr. John Leander Po
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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Vaccination

Meningitis is becoming more common, although rare, particularly in tight quarters such as college dorms.
Meningococcal vaccines protect against most types of meningitis, but they do not prevent all cases.

In brief: Vaccination

Meningitis is becoming more common, although rare, particularly in tight quarters such as college dorms.
Meningococcal vaccines protect against most types of meningitis, but they do not prevent all cases.
Dr. Barton Cook
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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Also, hand washing and hygiene.
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