Back to School Stiff Necks can be Dangerous:
Not all stiff necks are the same. While most of the time a stiff neck is caused by whiplash, poor ergonomics, wear and tear, or just sleeping in a funny position, there are those instances where it can be the sign of something bigger. Meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain
, is one such instance, and can be quite serious. The bad news is that going back to school can place students in an environment where meningitis
is easily spread.
Meningitis is Contagious:
Bacterial Meningitis Causes the Most Damage:
Can You Rule Meningitis Out?:
Seek Medical Attention for Flu Symptoms:
Be aware, because meningitis comes on like the flu, a disease most of us do not fear. Left unchecked, meningitis develops very rapidly, so see your doctor, and soon!!!
While vaccines are effective against most types of meningitis, they are not foolproof; there are some types of meningitis from which vaccination cannot protect you. For a more complete list of symptoms read signs and symptoms of meningitis
For More Information on Meningitis:
The National Meningitis Foundation
is an excellent source of further information on the subject of meningitis. Their coverage is thorough and clear. Another good source of reference is About's A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center's article entitled Meningitis
. This article gives overview, symptoms, treatment and prevention information.
Take the Meningitis Awareness Quiz:
If you are at all unsure of the risks for or symptoms of meningitis, take a few moments to go through the Meningitis Awareness Quiz
to clarify your knowledge of the subject. It may save your life!