What Are The Best Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Getting Meningitis?

  1. PhoenixV profile image69
    PhoenixVposted 5 years ago

    What Are The Best Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Getting Meningitis?

    What Are The Best Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Getting Meningitis?

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    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    You cannot get meningitis from casual contact, such as by breathing the air that an infected person has breathed. These bacteria do not live long outside the human body. But you can get it from close or prolonged contact with an infected person. The bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis live in the back of the nose and throat and are carried by 10% to 25% of the population.

    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.

  3. Dr Pran Rangan profile image87
    Dr Pran Ranganposted 5 years ago

    Meningitis is a contagious infection. Common bacteria and viruses causing it are spread through coughing, sneezing, kissing, sharing toothbrush or cigarettes. Risk increases if one lives or works with a patient suffering from meningitis. These preventive steps may be taken.

    Wash the hands- Wash hands often. Children should specially be asked to wash hand frequently and properly.

    Stay healthy- Exercise regularly and eat healthy diet to keep immune system strong.

    Cover the mouth- When sneezing or coughing, always cover the mouth.

    Be more careful during pregnancy- The above measure should be observed carefully in preganancy. Pregnant women should avoid unpasteurized milk and under-cooked meat to reduce the risk of listeriosis.

    There are vaccines against some bacteria which may be taken if necessary. They are Hib (hemophilus influenzae B) vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, pneumococcal polysacchride vaccine and meningococcal conjugate vaccine. They may be taken by people in consultation with a physician in case of an outbreak of meningitis or persons living with or attending patients with meningitis.

    Remember: Meningitis is a serious condition and may prove fatal so prompt medical treatment should be instituted by an expert physician.