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 • Paralysis
• Stroke • 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
• 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.
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