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
Abnormal skin color
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
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.