Immunization Awareness: Meningitis

Immunization Awareness: Meningitis

Vaccines play an important role in preventing serious, sometimes deadly diseases. One example is meningitis, an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

There are multiple types and causes, but vaccines are available to prevent some of the most common strains.

  • Bacterial meningitis requires immediate treatment and can be deadly. Bacteria may be spread through respiratory and throat fluids such as through coughing or kissing.
  • Viral meningitis is more common but often less severe. It can be caused by different viruses and is spread between people by coughing or sneezing, or through poor hygiene.

Common symptoms of both include:

  • Sudden fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Sensitivity to light

Consult your doctor about your chances of contracting meningitis and whether a vaccine is right for you.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Marshall Family Medicine at 304-691-1100 or Marshall Pediatrics at 304-691-1300.

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