Meningitis is a rare but dangerous disease. In Germany, about four out of every one million people fall ill each year. Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges that is usually triggered by viruses. Rare, but much more dangerous is a meningitis caused by bacteria.
The disease can be transmitted by kisses, close body contact or even playing together. Signs and symptoms are common: high fever, head and body aches or nausea and vomiting. Patients also often complain of a stiff neck or pain when bending over. Children under the age of five and adolescents are among the special risk groups. In order to avoid the illness, since 2006 the STIKO recommends a one-time vaccination against meningococci C to all children in the second year of age. Children and adolescents who have not received a vaccination until the age of 18 are recommended to catch up as soon as possible. ,


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