Bacterial Meningitis Prevention
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How to Prevent Bacterial Meningitis
To help reduce your chances of getting bacterial meningitis, consider the following steps:
- Get the recommended vaccines for you and your child:
- Hib vaccine (recommended for babies)
- Pneumococcal vaccine (recommended for children under 2 years old, adults over 65, and others with certain medical conditions)
- Meningococcal vaccine (recommended for children 11-12 years old and others at high risk; people in the high-risk group may need to be revaccinated every 5 years)
- If you are a healthcare worker or have close contact with someone who's infected, take preventative antibiotics.
- Buy pasteurized milk and milk products. This can prevent meningitis due to
- If you are pregnant, your doctor will monitor you to make sure the infection is not passed to your baby.
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