Meningitis is an inflammation of the coverings around the brain and spinal cord that is usually caused by an infection. This infection occurs in children, teens and young adults and people who have long-term health conditions such as a weakened immune system.
There are two kinds of Meningitis:
Viral meningitis is quite common and does not cause serious illness. In severe cases, it can cause prolonged seizures and fever.
Bacterial meningitis is not as common but it is very serious. It needs to be treated to prevent brain damage and death.
The symptoms of meningitis vary for children, adults and those with health problems.
• Trouble staying awake
• A stiff and painful neck when you try to touch your chin to your chest
Here are a few steps that can help prevent meningitis:
• Practice good hygiene - Don't share your food, eating utensils, lip balms, tooth brushes with anyone else
• Wash your hands
• Stay healthy by eating right and exercising daily
If you or your children have symptoms of meningitis, contact your doctor right away!