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Bacterial Meningitis Prevention


To help reduce your chances of getting bacterial meningitis, consider the following steps:

  • Vaccines against Hib —usually for children
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae usually for:
    • All people over age 65
    • People ages 2 to 64 with certain chronic medical problems
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae usually for:
    • Infants
    • All children older than 2 years old
  • Preventative antibiotics—for healthcare workers or family members in close contact with infected patients
  • Buying pasteurized milk and milk products—to prevent meningitis due to Listeria monocytogenes
  • Monitor for maternal infection during and before labor to prevent meningitis in newborns

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