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What is Meningitis? (

Bacterial meningitis is serious. Some people with the infection die and death can occur in as little as a few hours. However, most people recover from bacterial meningitis.

Those who do recover can have permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, and learning disabilities.

Symptoms Breakdown:

Meningitis symptoms include sudden onset of

    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Stiff neck
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Photophobia (eyes being more sensitive to light)
    • Altered mental status (confusion)

How Can I Prevent Meningitis?

  • Vaccines are the most effective way to protect against certain types of bacterial meningitis. There are vaccines for 4 types of bacteria that can cause meningitis:

    • Meningococcal vaccines help protect against N. meningitidis
    • Pneumococcal vaccines help protect against S. pneumoniae
    • Haemophilus influenzae serotype b (Hib) vaccines help protect against Hib
    • Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine helps protect against tuberculosis disease, but is not widely used in the United States

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