Preventing meningitis through immunization

Recently, a teenager was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Meningitis is an inflammation or swelling of the linings that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can occur at any age. The shaded areas in the picture show where the swelling occurs.

Meningitis can be spread through close contact.

This potentially fatal disease can be prevented with a simple shot. Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse to find out how to protect your child from bacterial meningitis as well as other preventable diseases.  Immunizations are an important part of maintaining health and wellness.

An infant with meningitis may have:

  • Fever (body temperature higher than normal)
  • Vomiting
  • Body temperature lower than normal
  • Decreased appetite
  • High-pitched sound to the cry
  • Stiff neck
  • Bulging or tense soft spot on the top of the head
  • Irritability

A child or teenager with meningitis may have:

  • Fever (body temperature higher than normal)
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Unusual Sleepiness
  • Stiff neck
  • Headache
  • Eyes are overly sensitive to light

For more information, visit www.chw.org/immunize.

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