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Meningitis (Meningococcal invasive disease)

Prevention

A meningococcal vaccine is available. There are 13 types of N. meningitidis, nine of which cause invasive disease. The vaccine protects against disease caused by types A, C, Y and W-135 and is recommended for all persons 11 to 18 years of age. Vaccination is recommended for adults if you

  • Are a college freshman living in a dormitory
  • Are a military recruit
  • Have a damaged spleen or your spleen has been removed
  • Have terminal complement deficiency
  • Are a microbiologist who is routinely exposed to Neisseria meningitidis (the causal pathogen)
  • Are traveling to or residing in countries in which the disease is common

For more information on the meningococcal vaccine, visit the CDC’s meningococcal vaccination page.

People should also observe the following precautions to help prevent infection with meningococcal disease:

  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid other who smoke and keep children out of rooms where others are smoking
  • Prevent upper and lower respiratory tract infections by receiving the influenza vaccine (and possibly the pneumococcal vaccine if it is recommended for you)
  • Avoid others who are coughing or have colds

People in close contact with infected individuals less than seven days before the person began showing symptoms and while the person is showing symptoms should receive prophylactic antibiotic treatment as soon as possible after exposure.

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