Who is at risk for encephalitis and meningitis?

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Anyone can get encephalitis or meningitis. People with weakened immune systems, including people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or those taking immunosuppressant drugs, are at the highest risk for contracting the diseases. Children who have not had the Haemophilus influenzae b vaccine, especially those who attend childcare settings, are at high risk. Certain foods, like soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, can put someone at higher risk for meningitis caused by Listeria monocytogenes, especially pregnant women, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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