It is mainly caused by 5 types of meningococcal bacteria - ABCWY.
It can be easy to spread from person to person.
It can attack without warning and early symptoms can often be mistaken for the flu.
Symptoms of meningococcal disease
It’s more common than you think.
It is more common among those 16-23. College students are 3.5 times more likely to contract MenB than non-college students.
50+ college campuses have reported cases of
meningococcal disease (2013-March 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.
And the really scary part... It can kill in a matter of hours.
Or cause permanent disabilities: brain damage, hearing loss, learning disabilities or limb amputations.
Meningococcal disease is preventable!
Talk to your doctor today about BOTH the MenACWY and the MenB vaccines.
(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) Mbaeyi SA, Joseph SJ, Blain A, et al. Meningococcal Disease Among College-Aged Young Adults: 2014–2016. Pediatrics. 2019;143(1):e20182130
(5) Division of Bacterial Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, unpublished data, 2013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