Answers To Questions About Bacterial Meningitis March 12, 2001 at 4:21 AM EST - Updated July 3 at 5:17 PM Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about bacterial meningitis from Dr. Peter Sullivan of Parma Community Hospital: Q: Why do children seem to get it most often? A: They tend to be confined in the classroom, in closer spaces. And they're able to pass the disease more frequently. Q: Can adults be infected? A: In general, there's less risk than children, but there is some risk. Q: What symptoms should I look for in my child? A: Fever, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light. Meningitis is something that will develop relatively quickly. Q: Should we vaccinate? A: People who are closely exposed will be given a shot to prevent the infection. In general, for a single case, they would not. Q: Is there anything we can do to prevent an onset? A: In general, this is probably a sporadic case that just happened to one or two people. According to the Ohio Health Department, there were 94 cases of meningitis in Ohio in 2000.