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What is Meningococcal Meningitis?

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scopeMeningococcal Meningitis is a form of bacterial meningitis that is a rare but potentially fatal infection that can cause severe swelling of the fluids around the brain and spinal cord.  The Disease is spread from person to person through the air or by contact with saliva, usually through close, personal contact with an infected person.  Symptoms progress rapidly and may resemble the flu.  They can include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, confusion, sleepiness, and sensitivity to light.  Some people may also develop a rash, mainly in their arms and legs.


A safe and effective vaccine is available to protect against four of the five most common forms of meningitis.