6 facts about meningococcal disease and prevention.

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Anyone at any age can get meningococcal disease, but teens and young adults are among those who are at increased risk.
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Although rare, meningococcal disease can develop rapidly and can claim a life in as little as one day. Even with treatment, 10 to 15 percent of those who get the infection will die from it.
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Among those who survive, as many as 19 percent live with permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, loss of kidney function or limb amputations.
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Meningococcal disease is contagious. The bacteria that cause the infection can spread when people have contact with someone’s saliva, like through kissing, coughing, sharing beverages or even cosmetics.
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Vaccination is the best defense against meningococcal disease, yet the majority of teens have missed a critical dose of the MenACWY vaccine at age 16. In fact, less than half of U.S. teens have received the recommended second vaccination.
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For the best protection against meningococcal disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine MenACWY vaccination for adolescents starting at ages 11-12 years, with a second dose at 16 years of age.

Source: The National Meningitis Association, Inc. P.O. Box 60143 – Ft. Myers, FL 33906 • 1.866.366.3662 (1.866.FONE.NMA)
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