Many people in the UK contract meningitis each year. Even when on the right medication, around 10–15% of these
people lose their lives. Of those who survive this infection, another 10%–20% lose their arms or legs, have certain problems with the functioning of the central nervous system. They either become deaf or suffer strokes and seizures. Meningitis is of different types based on the causative agents. Viruses, bacteria and fungi all cause meningitis. Viral meningitis is quite common for all, but bacterial meningitis is the most dangerous. Bacterial meningitis can cause critical problems, including.
- Brain damage
- Loss of limbs
- Hearing loss
- Death (In certain cases)
Meningitis Vaccinations has dramatically reduced the number of incidences relating to bacterial meningitis. Having the vaccination can help prevent certain types of bacterial meningitis.
What is a meningitis vaccine?
Meningitis Vaccination helps prevent three types of bacterial meningitis:
- Pneumococcal meningitis
- Meningococcal meningitis
- Hib meningitis
There are separate versions of these vaccines. An expert healthcare provider can help determine which ones you require.
Who should get Meningitis Vaccination?
Adolescents are at a higher risk for bacterial meningitis. The Vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 11 – 18, with a booster shot at 16. A second vaccine that protects against new bacteria is recommended between 16 – 23. The Hib vaccine is also approved for all children younger than age 5.