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Bacterial Meningitis

By Maryann Gromisch RN Guide
 
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The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) is recommended by the CDC for all adults who are 65 years old and older, individuals age two through 64 who have a medical condition which lowers the immune system’s response to infection, smokers or people with asthma, and residents of nursing homes or long-term facilities.

Sources:

University of Maryland Medical Center: Meningitis, Dec. 19, 2011
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/meningitis-000106.htm

Mayo Clinic: Meningitis, Dec. 19, 2011
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meningitis/DS00118

Medscape Reference: Staphylococcal Meningitis, Dec. 20, 2011
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1165941-overview

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Hib Vaccination, Dec. 20. 2011
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hib/default.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Meningococcal: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?
Dec. 20, 2011
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Pneumococcal Disease In-Short, Dec. 21, 2011
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pneumo/in-short-both.htm

Reviewed December 27, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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