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-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.

Meningococcal disease is preventable!

Talk to your doctor 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) 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(5) Division of Bacterial Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, unpublished data, 2013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

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