The meninges are the three outer membranes, which cover the brain and spinal cord. When the fluid surrounding the meninges becomes infected, meningitis occurs.
The most common causes of meningitis are bacterial and viral infections. Some bacterial and viral meningitis are contagious. They can be transmitted by sneezing, coughing or close contact.
Yes, there is a vaccine available to prevent several types of bacterial meningitis. Receiving themeningitis vaccine in Sydenham before travelling to the meningitis-prone region helps to avoid the potential infection. Viral meningitis is more common, and bacterial meningitis can be more critical if it’s not diagnosed and treated quickly.
Meningitis can prove fatal if not detected in the early stages. Up to 10-20% of the total infected populations lose their lives due to meningitis.
The following groups are usually at risk and should get a meningitis vaccine in South London.This
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