Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sue | 2009/02/27


Meningitis vaccine

Good Morning

With the meningitis cases reported in the schools in Southern Joburg, I would like to know if you would recommend the Meningitis vaccine for school children?
My daughter is turning 9 in June, and I would like to get her vaccinated if it is recommended. Also, could you tell me if there is any side effects to the vaccine?
We live in the North/East Rand of Gauteng, and whilst Iknow the vaccine is pricey, if it is recommended, then I want it done.

many thanks for your help.

Expert's Reply



Your daughetr should have this vaccination done. The vaccine is very safe. Occasionally some children may deverlop a mild fever lasting for about 36 hours after the immunisation is given.

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Posted by: Gayle | 2009/03/16

HI Meg, my son and daughter are going this afternoon to have their vaccine injections. I was told that there is a Vaccine injection which lasts 3-5 years and then a immune booster but then only lasts 3 months or so. I was advised to get the Vaccine, but I also believe that all the clinics are starting to run out because so many people are having them done.

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Posted by: DEBBIE | 2009/03/12

hi there

please assist as my daughter aged 8 has had flu like symptoms for the past week is it advisable /safe for her to receive the vaccine

many thanx for the assistance

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Posted by: Meg | 2009/03/09

Good morning,
I am also interested in having my boys of 6 &  9 vaccinated but i believe that it is more of an immune booster than a vaccination from the disease.

Please could you give me any further advise.

Thank you for your assistance.

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