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If I had Spinal Meningitis Haemophilus Influenzae type B when I was an infant do I have anythin to worry about?

When I was around 18 months I had Spinal Meningitiss Haemophilus influenzae type B. They told my mother that I could possibly suffer from hearing and/or vision loss from the antibiotics used in during my treatment. I am now 22 years old and have not encountered any problems regarding this matter. The spinal meningitis I had was in fact bacterial. I was more just wondering if and when these hearing and/or vision loss could take place, if ever.

Meningitis causes brain damage and with that come loss of hearing and loss of sight which are actually quite minor side effects from meningitis when you consider all the other problems that people have once they have over come the disease.
If you were going to lose your hearing or sight it happens in hospital while you are being treated and not years down the track so to answer your question you are never going to be deaf or blind unless you end up with another illness that could cause these things.

Im am very happy you survived un like so many thousand of other people who don't and if they do there left with very serious illnesses including blindness, deafness, seizures, autism, cerebral palsy, loss of limbs, loss of Speech, inability to walk and in some cases even move.
The list goes on and on.
You should be very happy and proud of yourself that you are okay and thank you mum everyday because it was her the noticed the symptoms and got you the treatment that saved your life.  (+ info)

How do you know if bacterial meningitis is an infection with neisseria meningitis or haemophilus influenzae?

What is the problem you are asked to solve?
What is the hypothesis for the solution? What organism caused problem? What are the experiments that are required to answer hypothesis? What is your conclusion to the problem? Based on results what organism caused the problem?

You have asked this THREE times now. And you have been answered.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjwHCByhz.f9IWAWa32Kz0_sy6IX?qid=20070420114343AAwOokl  (+ info)

Meningitis-WHY don't people realize it is a symptom NOT a disease?

Seriously they keep pushing the "Meningitis Vaccine" and now on the news they keep saying "Were 500 people in this bar exposed to Meningitis?" That is like asking if 500 people were exposed to "fever"

Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges which can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or in some cases no known cause. The most common cause in children is Haemophilus influenzae. The so-called Meningitis vaccine for adults vaccinates against Meningococcal bacteria. Meningococcal can cause meningitis, but does not always cause meningitis and not all meningitis is cause by Meningococcal.

Why do we allow doctors, the government and the media to feed us such inaccurate propaganda all the time? What can we do to stop the media and government from continuing with this propaganda and inaccurate information?
Yes viral meningitis is scary, but the vaccine works against Meningococcal which is a BACTERIA.

So all of these people are getting the vaccine thinking they are safe. Who's fault will it be if some dies because they think they are safe and ignore the symptoms?

It really doesn't matter, does it?

It's like someone saying they have a stomach flu...when a flu is a respiratory infection.

In fact, the stomach flu one really irks me...so I can see where you're coming from. However, in the end...it's not really some conspiracy. Most people do not know the information that you do, and can only understand it when presented in a certain way. It really doesn't matter that your average person knows what you just described...all that matters is that health care professionals do. And hey, any health care professional worth their salt would not fall for this "propaganda."

The funny thing is the more you learn about medical conditions, treatments, etc....the more of these situations you will find that annoy you. The end however justifies the means, so this is not some grand conspiracy, but rather just an effort to get people vaccinated. Whether or not they know the full truth of the matter really isn't an issue, all that matters is that they are fighting that meningitis and stopping that nasty stomach flu ;)

And to the person that posted it's a free speech issue, you need to stop sleeping in civics/government, twit :p  (+ info)

What is the testing procedure for meningitis?

If a college student comes down with meningitis, would all of the other students who took classes in those same buildings also have to get tested, even if they weren't experiencing any of the symptoms and if so, what exactly would that testing entail?
Where I go to college, something's going around that, according to my mother, who is a nurse, a possible precursor to meningitis and I was just wondering what exactly I would have to go through, as far as testing is concerned, should either any of my classmates or another person attending a class in one of the same buildings that I do comes down with meningitis.

well someone would actually have to come down with meningitis for everyone to get tested. If you are concerned you can always ask the doc for a test anyway. The doctors usually look for a fever, rash, vomiting, headaches and check your lymph nodes for inflammation and ask you if you have any pain in your neck especially if you turn your neck up and down. If you have any of these early symptoms then they upgrade to a lumbar puncture to test for it. It isnt as painful as it used to be because they use anesthetics and has its risks but it can tell for sure if it is meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is treatable with antibiotics, viral meningitis has to run its course out of the body.  (+ info)

What is meningitis and what are some effective ways to treat it?

I went to my doctor today and had told me that i could possibly have meningitis. My symptoms are headaches fever, tiredness, and stomach ache with vomit.


hope this helps.  (+ info)

What's the difference between meningitis and lyme disease?

I was recently diagnosed with lyme disease and my symptoms fit it to a T, headache, stiff neck, and all. However, my mom is worried because lyme can turn into meningitis and my neck/head are hurting worse than ever. Both have the same symptoms. Is there a way I can tell if it is meningitis without getting a spinal tap (major fear of needles...)


Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, but also physical injury, cancer or certain drugs

Lyme disease, or borreliosis, is an emerging infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia (such as ticks)  (+ info)

How can you tell the difference between bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis?

I've been diagnosed with viral meningitis but I'm not sure the doctor was right since I've never gotten a spinal tap to check the fluids. I need to know if I can distinguish between the two kinds of meningitis. The faster and more informative the response, the better.

When did you first become ill if it was 3 days or more ago then it is viral otherwise you would be dead. If it has been less then 3 days go to you local ER asap and tell them what your dr told you. Your dr is an idiot for saying that the only way to see if it is meningitis is to do an LP or grow blood cultures. I think what you have is viral because if it was bacterial you would not be able to be sitting on the computer.

For all you know you don't have Meningitis at all.
Good luck and i hope your feeling better soon  (+ info)

How long is a person with meningitis infectious?

I shared a bottle of drink with a friend on Tuesday, on the friday she was taken into hospital with suspected meningitis. I wanted to know how at risk I am.

you're at no risk at all -- for 99% of cases.
BUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! see below................

With the deadliest form of meningitis, meningococcal meningitis, there is a concern for treating close contacts (which really means household contacts, and others like you who might have had saliva contact). About 15% of those close contacts might also come down with bacterial (deadly) meningitis within the 2 weeks after contact with an active case.

But in November, you are in the middle of enterovirus season -- almost a guarantee that your friend has viral meningitis. Nothing for you to worry about.

Just ask her what KIND of meningitis the doctors said she has.
And if she truly had meningococcal meningitis, the doctors would be tracking you down for treatment, as would the public health department.  (+ info)

What is the difference between meningitis and meningococcal?

i know there'meningitis-meningococcal and septicaemia-meningococcal, but whats the difference between just plain meningitis and meningococcal disease?

here are some links to get you pointed in the right direction:  (+ info)

How do you tell the difference between meningitis and the flu?

We are out of state, and my mom has gotten sick. She was kidding when she said she thought she had meningitis but now I'm scared. She had a migraine yesterday, and today she got it again along with a stiff neck. She started throwing up about an hour ago, but she tells me not to worry and she just has the flu. We are leaving tomorrow so she isn't hopefully throwing up in the car. Since we are out of state we can't take her to the doctor. Are there any ways to see what he has?

I would precede to the nearest emergency room. It is difficult to tell the "flu" from meningitis esp. when a stiff neck is involved. The flu is harmless and cause symptoms of fever/chills, aching joints, nausea, vomiting and headache. The symptoms usually resolve in a few days. Meningitis either bacterial or viral is much more serious. It causes similar symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, vomiting, vision changes, and high fevers. It is hard to differentiate between these diseases without professional assistance. Your mom should be evaluated.  (+ info)

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