Why You Should Get the Meningitis Vaccination

Meningitis is the inflammation or infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The viral infection causes symptoms such as a headache, fever, and stiff neck. Meningitis is also often caused by certain types of bacteria.

Every year, there are around 375 total cases of meningitis reported in the U.S. Of the people diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, 10%-15% will die, and 11%-19% of survivors suffer from disabilities such as brain damage, deafness or paralysis. Although meningitis is a dangerous disease, immunization could prevent it.

Signs and symptoms

Patients with bacterial meningitis can exhibit several concerning signs or symptoms, including:

  • Sudden high fever

  • Acute headache

  • Seizures

  • Abnormal skin color

  • Abdominal pain

  • Joint pain

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Sensitivity to bright light

Who should get Meningitis Vaccine

  • Students living in dorms

  • All children from 11 to 18

  • Anyone who has been previously exposed to meningitis in an outbreak

  • Anyone residing or traveling to places where meningitis is common

  • Military recruits

Who should not get Meningitis Vaccine

Although Meningitis vaccine is highly effective and recommended by health professionals, there are certain groups of people who shouldn’t get meningitis vaccines. These include:

  • A person who has ever had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose

  • A person who has a severe allergy to any vaccine component

At Synergy Immediate Care, we provide a number of vaccinations, including the meningitis vaccination, for patients of all ages.  We understand that your health is important, and to protect you and your family against a range of viruses and other infections, we offer a variety of low-cost vaccinations. These are available on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

For more information about the meningitis vaccination, or other vaccines we provide, please call us at 703-942-5331.

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