Basic Facts

Neisseria Meningitidis is the meningococcus responsible for bacterial meningitis and septicemia.

This is considered a medical emergency because death can rapidly follow infection.  Richard Benson, a spokesperson at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “Even with antibiotic treatment, 1 in 10 people who get meningococcal disease will die from the infection. Up to one in five patients who recover will have long-term disabilities, such as loss of limb(s), deafness, nervous system problems, or brain damage.”

Certain groups are at higher risk for meningococcal disease. This infection can be transmitted via asymptomatic carriers. There are safe available vaccine s for the different types of meningococcal disease. Ask your medical providers for more information.

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