What is meningococcal meningitis?
Meningococcal meningitis is a type of meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is a very serious, contagious infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis (N. meningitidis)—also known as meningococcus (muh-ning-goh-KOK-us).
Meningococcal meningitis is a type of bacterial meningitis, which is a rare but potentially life-threatening disease that leads to inflammation of the protective membranes ("meninges") that surround the brain and spinal cord.
Bacterial meningitis can progress quickly and can be fatal, sometimes within 24 hours. In some cases, it can lead to permanent brain damage, loss of limbs, loss of hearing, and other long-term effects.
KNOW YOUR ACWY & B's
The 5 vaccine-preventable groups of meningococcal meningitis in the US are:
Since the 1980s, there have been vaccines that help protect against meningococcal groups A, C, W, and Y (Meningitis ACWY) and, since late 2014, there are vaccines to help protect against meningococcal group B (Meningitis B).
MILLIONS OF TEENS AREN'T VACCINATED
AGAINST MENINGITIS B
Help protect your teen or young adult by talking to their healthcare provider about vaccinating against Meningitis ACWY and Meningitis B.Risk Factors