Are there vaccines against meningitis?
Yes, there are vaccines against Hib and against some strains of N. meningitidis and many types of Streptococcus pneumoniae. The vaccines against Hib are very safe and highly effective. There is also a vaccine that protects against four strains of N. meningitidis, but it is not routinely used in the United States. Meningitis cases should be reported to state or local health departments to assure follow-up of close contacts and recognize outbreaks.

College freshman, especially those who live in dormitories are at higher risk for meningococcal disease and should be educated about the availability of a safe and effective vaccine which can decrease their risk. Travelers should receive the vaccine at least one week before departure, if possible.

Information on areas for which meningococcal vaccine is recommended can be obtained by calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at (404) 332-4565.

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1. What is meningitis?
2. What are the signs and symptoms of meningitis?
3. How is meningitis diagnosed?
4. Can meningitis be treated?
5. Is meningitis contagious?
6. Are there vaccines against meningitis?
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