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What is Meningococcal Disease?

Meningococcal Disease is an infection caused by a strain of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. It is one of the leading causes of bacterial meningitis in children aged 2 to 18 in the U.S. It can include blood infections or meningitis, which is a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The symptoms of meningitis include a sudden onset of fever, headache, and a stiff neck.