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A serious condition that may result in brain damage, bacterial meningitis is considered a medical emergency. This eMedTV Web page offers an in-depth look at bacterial meningitis and its causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
Until recently, Hib disease was a cause of serious (often deadly) infections in children under age five. This eMedTV resource tells you what you need to know about this disease, including information on its symptoms, transmission, and prevention.
Meningitis is inflammation and swelling in the tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord. As this eMedTV article explains, it is often caused by a viral or bacterial infection. This Web page discusses meningitis causes, symptoms, and treatment.
Viral meningitis is a serious but rarely fatal form of meningitis. As this eMedTV page explains, it's a lot like bacterial meningitis, except it's caused by a virus and it has no specific treatment. This page provides an overview of viral meningitis.
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Since the introduction of conjugate Hib vaccine, the incidence of disease has declined by 98 percent. This eMedTV segment offers a look at the facts and figures pertaining to the vaccine, including information on who should and shouldn't get it.
There are many types of meningococcal vaccine available in the United States. This eMedTV selection gives an overview of these vaccines, including information on how they differ and who should get vaccinated.
Prevnar is a routine childhood vaccine used to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease and ear infections. This eMedTV resource explains what the ideal age is for getting this vaccine, describes how it works, and lists some potential side effects.
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