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Can you prevent meningitis?

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There are four vaccines that prevent bacterial meningitis. Teens entering high school or college (especially those who'll be living in a dormitory) should get vaccinated if they haven't been already.

The doctor may suggest other steps to prevent meningitis:

�Antibiotics, if you've come into close contact with someone who has had some kinds of bacterial meningitis

�Other vaccines

�Good hygiene, like regular hand washing

�Not sharing food, drinks, or utensils

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "Top 20 Questions About Meningitis."

NINDS: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Meningococcal Disease."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 05, 2019

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "Top 20 Questions About Meningitis."

NINDS: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Meningococcal Disease."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 05, 2019

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