The best way to
protect your child from meningitis is to make sure he or she gets all the
standard immunizations for children. These include shots for measles,
chickenpox, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) disease,
and pneumococcal infection.
Talk to your doctor about whether you
or your child also needs the meningococcal vaccine, which is a shot to prevent
bacterial meningitis. Two doses are recommended for all adolescents. And at least one dose is recommended for anyone 6 weeks of age and older who has immune system problems or a damaged or missing spleen. The vaccine is also needed for travel to countries known to have
meningitis outbreaks, such as the countries in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.