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What are other vaccines to prevent meningitis?

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Vaccines can prevent many of the diseases that could lead to meningitis. Most of these shots are routinely given to young children. Some of these include:

Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine. It prevents infections that cause pneumonia, meningitis, and other problems. Kids get it when they're 2-15 months old. It's also given to children over age 5 or adults with certain medical conditions. While Hib used to be the most likely cause of bacterial meningitis in children under age 5, the vaccine has made it very rare.

Pneumococcal vaccines. They protect against bacterial meningitis. There are two types. Doctors give the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to children under age 2. The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is recommended for all adults over 65. Some younger adults and children with a missing spleen, weakened immune systems, and certain long-term diseases may also need it.

MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. Children need it to protect them from meningitis that can develop from measles and mumps.

Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine and shingles vaccine. They target the varicella virus, which can potentially lead to viral meningitis.

From: How to Prevent Meningitis WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 2, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 2/2/2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines," "Meningococcal Disease," "Use of Meningitis Vaccine in People with Cochlear Implants."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 2, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines," "Meningococcal Disease," "Use of Meningitis Vaccine in People with Cochlear Implants."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 2, 2019

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