Preventing meningitis

Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the central nervous system, often by infection. It can be transmitted as viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites. The most common form of the disorder is viral meningitis, which tends to resolve on its own. On the other hand, bacterial meningitis can be severe and lead to brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities if not properly treated. Good hygiene is the general practice for preventing the transmission of meningitis. Vaccines are available against the common bacterial causes, including Hib and meningococcus and recommended for college students due to the close quarters they live in.

Read more about how meningitis is transmitted.

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