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The Long-Term Complications of Bacterial Meningitis

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Reuters Health reported that by age 35, only 41 to 48 percent of these children graduated high school. In comparison, 52 to 53 percent of the control group had graduated from high school. Differences were also noted in economic self-sufficiency.

The authors hypothesized that these difference were long-term complications of pneumococcal and H. influenzae meningitis.

The same connection could not be made with lower achievement and economic self-sufficiency and meningococcal meningitis. The authors found that family members of the individuals with childhood meningococcal meningitis also had lower academic achievement, suggesting that other socio-economic factors play a role.


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Reviewed April 25, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

I contracted MM as an adult. Like typhoid, The lives in the throat of the carrier, who probably has no idea they are Meningitis Mary. If your immunes are down and you sit close to a carrier on the bus...boom. You start to experience flu like symptoms, headache, sleepy. My saving symptom was the inability to touch my chin to my chest. The inflammation of the meninges causes the fluid the thicken and the patient suffers a stiff neck. That's the tell tale signal . MM is serious and it may be necessary for certain people who have been exposed to the patien to go on preventative therapy. The common treatment of IV antibiotics is effective yet leaves the weakens system prone to candida amongst other unpleasant and lingering side effects.

The take away , be diligent in taking care of self
Eat Well, exercise & build your immune system. Take your probiotic and check in with yourself regularly , when in doubt about any cold or flu symptoms, get the to thy Dr.

Amy Eller, CHHC

April 26, 2013 - 4:35pm

I lost my child to bacterial meningitis, because I didn't know that the disease is potentiallly vaccine-preventable. The CDC recommends routine vaccination for all 11-12 year olds, with a booster dose 5 years later. Please protect your children.

April 26, 2013 - 7:46am
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