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Who is at risk for meningitis?

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Any person at any age can get bacterial meningitis. But it's most common in infants, young children, and people over 60. Close contact with peers puts teens and college students at higher risk, too. Although it's more common in children, viral meningitis can also affect people of all ages. Having a weakened immune system or traveling to certain foreign countries also increases your risk for meningitis.

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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