What patient information (education) should be provided and to whom regarding meningitis preventive measures?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patients and parents of young children should be educated about the benefits of vaccination in preventing meningitis. Vaccination against N meningitidis is recommended for all US college students.

Close contacts of patients with known or suspected N meningitidis or Hib meningitis may require education regarding the need for prophylaxis. All contacts should be instructed to come to the emergency department immediately at the first sign of fever, sore throat, rash, or symptoms of meningitis. Rifampin prophylaxis only eradicates the organism from the nasopharynx; it is ineffective against invasive disease.

For patient education information, see the Brain and Nervous System Center and the Children’s Health Center, as well as Meningitis in Adults, Meningitis in Children, Brain Infection, and Spinal Tap.

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