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What are some other precautions to help prevent meningitis?

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Besides vaccines, follow some simple steps to keep meningitis at bay.

If someone in your family has a contagious type of meningitis, try to limit contact with the infected person. Wash your hands often with soap and water. It's possible to spread the disease by kissing, sneezing, coughing, or sharing utensils or toothbrushes.

If you come into close contact with someone with meningitis, call your doctor. Depending on the type of meningitis, she may suggest you take an antibiotic as a precaution.

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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