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  1. I’ve always tried to keep up w/my Td shots every ten years. But a few years ago there was quite a shortage and only people who, in so many words, had stepped on a rusty nail, were getting the vaccine. I think I’m current but I’ll check when I have my next check up.

    Also, how prevalent is meningitis, and in which countries? I suppose I can look it up, but perhaps other readers will be interested.

    • Hi Kadoo, there are several types of meningitis, which is just a catch-all term for inflammation of the meninges, the tissue around the spinal cord and brain. The MMR and the chickenpox/shingles vaccines protect against viral meningitis. The pneumococcal vaccine protects against some strains of bacterial meningitis. The meningococcal vaccine is recommended for teenagers before they go off to college and military personnel, because that particular strain of bacteria spreads easily in group living situations. It is also recommended for those traveling to sub-Saharan Africa or, interestingly, Mecca during the Hajj. Hope this info helps! FN