What's to Know About Meningitis Immunization?

Q:
What’s to know about meningitis immunization?

A:
Immunizations can be helpful when it comes to meningitis prevention. The following vaccines are effective to protect you against some types of bacterial meningitis.

  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13). In the U.S., children under 2 are required to receive this vaccine. In addition, children between 2 and 5 who have a high stake of pneumococcal disease are recommended to receive larger doses.
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine. When an infant has reached 2 months old, they are required to have this vaccine. It is also recommended for adults who have AIDS or sickle cell disease.
  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine. It’s recommended that children between 11 and 12 have one dose. Then, they’ll have another dose after they turn 16.
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23). People above the age of 65 and young adults with weak immune systems or chronic disease including diabetes and heart disease are recommended to receive the vaccine.

 

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