Know The Facts About Meningococcal Meningitis

Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk due to their behaviors and how the bacteria can be spread1

Typical adolescent and young adult behaviors can promote the transmission of meningococcal disease. These behaviors include1:



Early symptoms may seem like the flu, so they may not be caught until it’s too late.2

Let’s look at the numbers

Some people are carriers of the bacteria and show no symptoms, but can still potentially spread it. The disease is unpredictable, and no one really knows why some carriers become sick while others do not.3



The incidence of meningococcal disease among college freshmen living in dorms in the United States is more than 3x what it is for those aged 18 to 23 years in the general population.4

1 in 10

of those who develop meningococcal disease will die.5

3 in 5

adolescent survivors of meningococcal disease experience significant physical and mental disabilities.6

Meningococcal disease can turn deadly within 24 hours7

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References: 1. Soeters HM, McNamara LA, Melissa Whaley M, et al. Serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak and carriage evaluation at a college — Rhode Island, 2015. MMWR. 2015;64(22):606-607. 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meningococcal disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Updated March 4, 2016. Accessed May 24, 2016. 3. Christensen H, May M, Bowen L, et al. Meningococcal carriage by age: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2010;10(12):853-861. 4. Bruce MG, Rosenstein NE, Capparella JM, et al. Risk factors for meningococcal disease in college students. JAMA. 2001;286(6):688-693. 5. MacNeil J. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiology of serogroup B meningococcal disease, United States. Slide presentation presented at: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Atlanta, GA; October 30, 2014. 6. Borg J, Christie D, Coen PG, et al. Outcomes of meningococcal disease in adolescence: prospective, matched-cohort study. Pediatrics. 2009;123:e502-e509. 7. Thompson MJ, Ninis N, Perera R, et al. Clinical recognition of meningococcal disease in children and adolescents. Lancet. 2006;367(9508):397-403.