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16 year old male, 103 fever, headache, photophobia,

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16 year old male, 103 fever, headache, photophobia, vomiting, for last 5 hours. Loss of appetite, sleepy.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 3 months ago.

Hello,

I would take him to the ER. That is a high fever and with photophobia it could be meningitis. I don't want to scare you, but that is a real possibility and needs to be evaluated right away.

Kind regards,

Schuyler

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
He has had a meningococcal vaccine, could he still get the disease?
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 3 months ago.

The vaccines protect against bacterial meningitis. There is also viral and fungal meningitis.

A fever of 103 degrees is high for someone his age. The er can determine what is causing it. Flu is another possibiity. In fact there are probably a hundred possibiities. They will determine what the cause is.

Kind regards,

Schuyler

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
He has had the meningococcal vaccine , doesn't that mean he is immune to the disease
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 3 months ago.

It means he cannot contract the strains of bacterial meningitis the vaccines are designed to prevent.

Vaccine does not prevent fungal or viral meningitis.

It also doesn't prevent pyelonephritis, flu, pneumonia, and the other dozens of causes of high fever, vomiting and photophobia.

Kind regards,

NP Schuyler

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