Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

Meningitis occurs most frequently in young children, elderly people, and persons in a debilitated state. Infants and the very old are at the most risk for pneumococcal meningitis, whereas children from 2 months to 3 years most frequently have haemophilus meningitis. Prognosis is poorest for patients at the extremes of age: the very young and the very old of both sexes. In the United States, African Americans are at greater risk than other races and ethnicities, although at this time there is no explanation for those differences in risk.

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