can you get meningitis from a person who doesnt have it?

question above pretty much says it.

also what are the symptoms? because i went to a party and i feel like crap...it feels like i can feel my nervous system or something, and have been getting runny nose.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Read info about sympton maningitis, click link below:

    > http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/lung/menin...

    > http://www.emedicinehealth.com/meningitis_in_adult...

    Bacterial meningitis causes inflammation of the outer covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can progress rapidly and in some cases kill within hours.

    The maningitis vaccine protects against four strains of bacterial meningitis, A, C, Y and W135.

    The vaccine is safe and effective with infrequent and mild side effects. It stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies against the previously mentioned strains of meningococcal bacteria. It is not recommended for children under two years of age as the vaccine is ineffective i.e. it does not produce antibodies. Immunity lasts three to five years in adults.

  • 1 decade ago

    I believe you can, but only one kind. There are different kinds of meningitis. One is bacterial and the other is a virus. I think Viral meningitis is the contagious one. I knew a girl who had the bacterial one once and she claimed her back hurt and her head hurt. I think some of the symptoms may be flu like as well.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can't get an infection from someone who does not have it.

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    1 decade ago

    yes

    some people are carriers

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