Meningitis is a condition in which a virus or bacteria causes the tissue around the brain and spinal cord get inflamed, which can be very painful and cause seizures. The most common symptoms are fever, neck stiffness, and headache. Meningitis is spread by coughing, sneezing, and kissing. A serious infection can lead to brain damage.

Meningitis is contagious and is often spread by coughing, sneezing, or kissing, or even by close contact for a long-period of time (such as living in the same household with a person with the infection). A serious infection can lead to brain damage or even death.

Menactra® is a one-time meningitis vaccine that prevents some bacterial meningitis infections. It is recommended for people from 2 to 55 years old, and especially for those between the ages of 15 and 19, as well as college freshman living in the dorms. Ask your Bartell Drugs pharmacist for more details.

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Bexsero and Trumenba are serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccines, which can help prevent meningococcal disease from an additional meningococcal bacterial strain. It is recommended for anyone over the age of 10, and especially those between the ages of 16 and 23 years old