What is meningitis B?

Meningitis B is a bacterial infection that attacks the brain and spinal cord, or it can also cause an infection of the blood.1

Adolescents and young adults 10 through 25 years of age may be at increased risk of getting it.2

Meningitis B is spread by typical adolescent activities: sharing food or drinks, and living in close quarters.1.3

Though not a common disease, meningitis B may potentially lead to death within 24 hours. This disease can also cause long-term effects such as loss of limbs, blindness, or deafness.4,5

Potentially deadly or debilitating consequences4,5

Death within 24 hours
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The risk of meningitis B

Prevalence of meningitis B

Meningitis B represents 50% of all meningococcal disease cases among adolescents and young adults in the US.6

Serious and sudden

On average, 1 in 10 adolescents and young adults who develop meningitis B will die from it—some within 24 hours.4,7

Early symptoms of meningitis B may seem like the flu1,4

Common symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, drowsiness, and confusion.4

You or your child may not realize that he or she has a serious infection until it is too late.4,5

Are you sure that your child has been vaccinated against meningitis B?

  • Until 2014, there was no vaccine approved for meningitis B in the US8
  • Even if your child received a meningococcal meningitis vaccine (MCV4), which covers meningitis A, C, Y, and W, he or she may be unprotected against meningitis B8
  • TRUMENBA is a vaccine that can help protect you against this uncommon, but deadly, disease9

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