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Make Sure Your Teen Gets a Second Shot to Help Prevent Meningitis.1

What Is Meningococcal Meningitis?

Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial infection that results in inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, which can cause severe illness and even death in less than 24 hours.2-4 Teenagers are at increased risk for the disease and can suffer devastating consequences.3,5,6 Of the 800 to 1200 cases of meningococcal disease in the US each year, 10-15% are fatal.5,7-9

In 24 Hours, Meningococcal Meningitis Can Have Devastating Consequences2-4,10

About 1 in 5 people who survive meningococcal meningitis can suffer permanent complications such as3,6,11:

  • Amputation of limbs, fingers, or toes
  • Severe scarring
  • Brain damage
  • Hearing loss
  • Kidney damage

Meningococcal Meningitis Is Contagious

The bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis can be spread through the exchange of oral secretions (saliva) during common activities; such as2,5,12,13:

  • Kissing
  • Sharing utensils and drinking glasses

Risk factors for meningococcal meningitis include:

  • Living in close quarters (ie, dormitories)
  • Smoking or being exposed to smoke

Protect Your Teen With a Meningitis Booster Shot

Millions of teens are under-protected.14-16 That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a meningitis booster shot at 16 to 18 years of age.1 Even if your teen already received a meningitis shot at age 11 or 12 years, he or she still needs a second vaccination as early as 16 years of age.1

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