Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that infects the blood, the brain and spinal cord. Though relatively rare, it is more common in infants, children and young adults. It can be spread by contact with mucus or droplets from the nose and thoat of one infected.
Most common symptoms include high fever, lethargy, and a rash. Changes in behavior such as confusion, sleepiness, and being hard to wake up are important symptoms.
Information for the General Public
Information for Public Health Departments
- Case Report Form
- Clinician Fact Sheet
- Disease Plan
- Immunization Action Coalition
- Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases