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Is it possible to prevent meningitis?

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There are four vaccines that prevent bacterial meningitis. If not previously vaccinated, teens entering high school or college (and who will be living in a dormitory) should be vaccinated.

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, such as 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 Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis."

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

NINDS: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

CDC: "Meningococcal Disease."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

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