Meningitis Prevention: Protect With a Vaccine
Meningococcal disease is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in teens and young adults. The CDC recommends a meningococcal vaccine for:
• All children age 11-18.
• Anyone who has been exposed to meningitis during an outbreak
• Anyone traveling to or living where meningitis is common
• Military recruits
• People with certain immune system disorders or a damaged or missing spleen
Meningitis Prevention: Avoid the Spread of Disease
Good personal hygiene can help prevent the spread of disease:
• Don't share food, glasses, water bottles, or eating utensils.
• Don't share tissues or towels.
• Don't share lip-gloss or lipstick.
• Wash hands often with soap and water
Remember: A person with bacterial meningitis can remain contagious for about 24 hours after starting antibiotics. If a person with meningitis has exposed your teen to the disease, ask the doctor whether it is necessary to take antibiotics. Doing this for a few days may help prevent your teen from getting the disease.
Meningitis Prevention: Enhance the Immune System
Keeping the immune system healthy helps prevent susceptibility to a wide range of diseases. It may also help prevent infection by the viruses and bacteria that cause meningitis. This is just one more reason your teen may benefit from:
• Eating a well-balanced diet, rich in vegetables and fruits
• Getting enough sleep
• Exercising regularly
• Avoiding cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol
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aDecember 15, 2009
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