Meningococcal disease
is one of the most common types of bacterial meningitis.

It is a life-threatening bacterial infection that can affect the lining of the brain and spinal cord, or it can cause an infection in the bloodstream – or both.

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It is mainly caused by 5 types of meningococcal bacteria - ABCWY.

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It can be easy to spread from person to person. 

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Symptoms of meningococcal disease

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It’s more common than you think.

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50+ college campuses have reported cases of
meningococcal disease (2013-May 2019), including 29 schools with MenB cases since 2008

Specifically, Meningitis B accounts for:

50% of all meningococcal disease cases among 17-22 year olds.
100% of all meningococcal disease outbreaks on college campuses in the US since 2011.

Meningococcal disease is preventable!

Talk to your healthcare professional today about BOTH the MenACWY and the MenB vaccines. 


Sources:

(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Causes and Spread to Others. https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/causes-transmission.html
(2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Signs and Symptoms. https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/symptoms.html
(3) National Center for Infectious Diseases. Meningococcal Infographic. http://www.nfid.org/idinfo/meningococcal/meningococcal-college-toolkit/meningococcal-infographic.pdf
(4) Gary S Marshall Gary S, Amanda F Dempsey, Amit Srivastava, Raul E Isturiz, US College Students Are at Increased Risk for Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. piz024
(5) Division of Bacterial Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, unpublished data, 2013
(6) Epidemic Intelligence Service, CDC
(7) World Health Organization. Meningococcal meningitis. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/meningococcal-meningitis

Last updated May 16, 2019

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