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Where is the data on local or regional cases of these horrible diseases we "should" be vaxing our kids against? I spent a long time on various websites searching for it to no avail today. I found lots of cool stuff but no numbers.<br>
My sons new dr. today tried to scare me into complience with meningitis horrors since I explained to him that I had researched and am continuing to research these diseases and felt ok about the possibility of my son getting them, so.... I thought Id find out just how prevelent it was and along with all these other vaxed against diseases. Im sure someone knows where these numbers are. Im in Texas btw.<br>
One thing | did find that I thought was interesting on the texas dept. of health website was this:<br><br>
(Q. Is there a vaccine for meningococcal meningitis?<br><br>
A. There is a vaccine against meningococcal meningitis. It is effective against four of the groups of bacteria; A, C, Y, and W-135. It is not helpful for treatment of contacts to cases, because it takes at least two weeks after vaccination for protection to begin. A person can develop disease in less than two weeks. In addition, the protection provided by the vaccine wears off in a few years. <b>Finally, it is ineffective in children under two years of age.</b> )<br><br>
Is this the same thing he is so vehement about me vaxing my 7 month old son against? Or am I confused? This is info on the Texas Dept of Health website.<br><br>
Thanks for your help....
 

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That internet... you can't believe everything you read! (where's a snarky smilie...)<br><br>
Yep, this is from the CDC itself<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Meningococcal vaccine is usually not recommended for<br>
children under two years of age. But under special<br>
circumstances it may be given to infants as young as 3<br>
months (the vaccine does not work as well in very young<br>
children). Ask your health care provider for details.</td>
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<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/vis-mening.txt" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/vis-mening.txt</a><br><br>
State and local data is here at Disease trends but the reports aren't coming up for me right now:<br><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/</a>
 

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"Yep, this is from the CDC itself<br><br>
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Meningococcal vaccine is usually not recommended for<br>
children under two years of age. But under special<br>
circumstances it may be given to infants as young as 3<br>
months (the vaccine does not work as well in very young<br>
children). Ask your health care provider for details. "<br><br>
Good thing I asked my healthcare provider for information, huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"><br><br>
I read the sticky and found the info I was loking for, I guess I should have done that first huh?<br><br>
Is the meningitis vaccine even on "the schedual"??? or is this guy a complete quack and just running off at the mouth. I knew they were clueless but come on...
 

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The prevnar vax is pneumococcal and the one you are talking about is menigicoccal. The one they give to students in the event of a case found in a high school or college. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i would still skip prevnar whether or not they think it is effective. My kids had ear infections only after they got the shot (it is often listed as one that will prevent them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: ) and my 2nd child reacted to it. I read into that one alot after her reactions and I won't give it to my 3rd child.
 

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Hib, Prevnar & meningococcal all 3 are intented to prevent meningitis so your doc could've been talking about any of them.
 

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I have a feeling your doctor was talking about HIB. It is a 'required' vaccine (atleast in most states) and one of the major complications assosciated with Haemophilious Influenzae B (HIB) is menengitis. However, not all cases of HIB result in menengitis, and not all cases of menengitis are a result of HIB.<br><br>
HIB is not too common, but it is mostly found in kids who go to daycare, so if your child doesn't do that the worry is really lessened. Also, breastfeeding offers major protection against it. So if you guys are nursing the chances really drop. Even if the child isn't nursing anymore, there is still some residual protection left over (I have heard for about 5-10 years worth).
 
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