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Meningococcal meningitis for adolescents

Did you know that adolescents and young adults are one of the most at-risk groups for developing meningococcal meningitis? 1
It’s time to get clued up about this rare but potentially devastating vaccine-preventable disease and how best to help protect yourself. 1,2,3

Up to 1 in 4 adolescents could have meningococcal bacteria
Bacteria causing the disease can be passed through saliva
1 in 10 people who develop the disease will die from it
Early symptoms can be misleading as they are flu-like in nature, including
The more you know, the more you can help protect yourself

The more you know, the more you can help protect yourself...

Lily’s story surviving meningococcal disease

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References

  1. WHO. Meningococcal meningitis. Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/meningococcal-meningitis Accessed February 2021.
  2. ECDC. Factsheet about meningococcal disease. Available at: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/meningococcal-disease/factsheet Accessed February 2021.
  3. Meningitis Research Foundation. What are meningitis and septicaemia. Available at: https://www.meningitis.org/meningitis/what-is-meningitis Accessed February 2021.
  4. CDC. Meningococcal disease – Diagnosis, Treatment, and Complications. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/diagnosis-treatment.html Accessed February 2021.
  5. CDC. Meningococcal disease – Signs and Symptoms. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/symptoms.html Accessed February 2021.
  6. Christensen H, May M, Bowen L, et al. Meningococcal carriage by age: a systematic review and metanalysis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2010; 10 (12): 853-61.