Vaccine Questions Answered

Meningitis is a serious inflammation of the tissues around your brain and spinal cord called the meninges. The infection can also affect the blood called septicemia.

The most common type is viral meningitis, but bacterial is the more serious infection that can lead to death within 24 hours. Vaccines lower the spread and severity of bacterial meningitis and they have proven safe and effective. As with most vaccines, a meningitis shot often causes mild discomfort as in soreness in the arm and general fatigue. Most side effects resolve within a day or two. Speak with your medical provider which vaccine is recommended for your child’s age level.

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