There are several types of meningitis: bacterial and viral. The one that is caused by bacteria is very serious, life threatening, and contagious. Your family member may have had bacteria meningitis. It is passed from person to person with close contact with the patient's oral secretions. People with close contact with the family member should get prophylactic medications. People who develop meningitis can develop a fever
, headache, and neck pain. Though you have been symptom free for over a week, you should continue to monitor yourself for these symptoms. If any of these symptoms develop, you should see your doctor
right away or even go to the emergency room as these can be life threatening. You should make an appointment with your primary care doctor
to explain the specific contact you had with the family member with meningitis. Your doctor will then be able to determine if you need any medications to prevent it from developing. Other types of meningitis are caused by virus. They are not as lethal; however, they present with similar symptoms. There are no prophylactic medications for viral meningitis. People who are at risk for developing meningitis are people who live in dorms, or community homes. Again, please speak with your doctor.