Meningitis B is real

Facts moms and teens should know.

An uncommon but
potentially fatal disease

Meningococcal group B disease (also known as meningitis B) is an uncommon but serious disease that is caused by a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It can also cause a severe infection of the blood called meningococcal septicemia.

Meningitis B strikes and progresses quickly – sometimes without warning – and can be fatal, sometimes within 24 hours. Some survivors will have long-term physical and cognitive disabilities, including brain damage, hearing loss and loss of limbs.

About 1 in 10 people
infected with meningitis B
could die, sometimes
within 24 hours

How meningitis B spreads

The bacteria that cause meningitis B live within the nose and throat and can be spread through close contact such as coughing, kissing or sneezing.

Certain everyday behaviors can increase the risk of getting meningitis B, particularly for teens and young adults, including:

Living in close
quarters

Sharing drinks
and eating utensils

Coughing
and sneezing

Kissing

About 1 in 10 young adults
carry the bacteria, usually
without symptoms, and may
spread it to others*

*In rare cases, the bacteria can invade the
body and lead to meningococcal disease.

Stay alert and act quickly

Initial symptoms may be mild, which is why people might confuse the early signs with the flu or a cold. However, symptoms can progress rapidly and can lead to death, sometimes within 24 hours.

Symptoms may include:

Sudden fever

Headache

Stiff neck

Additional symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity of the eyes to light, confusion, and a rash (typically dark purple spots on the torso, arms, or legs).

If you are experiencing these symptoms or if you have been in close contact with someone who has meningitis, please contact your healthcare professional immediately.

Millions of teens and
young adults are not
vaccinated against
meningitis B

Recent cases of meningitis B

Meningitis B is unpredictable. Individual cases happen from time to time across the country, mostly in (but not limited to) high school, college, and military barracks settings. Occasionally, outbreaks do occur.

From January 2015 to November 2016, there were 18 cases, including one death, of meningitis B at colleges or universities in the following states: Rhode Island, California, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Oregon.

Moms are getting the word out against meningitis B. Teens are getting BEXSERO.

Ask your teen's healthcare professional if vaccination with BEXSERO is right for them.

FIND OUT WHERE TO GET BEXSERO

Important Safety Information
About BEXSERO

  • Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of BEXSERO or who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose should not receive BEXSERO
  • The tip caps of the prefilled syringes contain natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions in latex-sensitive individuals

Important Safety Information About BEXSEROImportant Safety Information
About BEXSERO

  • Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of BEXSERO or who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose should not receive BEXSERO
  • The tip caps of the prefilled syringes contain natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions in latex-sensitive individuals
  • Tell your healthcare professional if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
  • Fainting can happen after getting BEXSERO. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your healthcare professional may ask you to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after receiving BEXSERO
  • The most common side effects are pain, redness or hardness at the injection site; muscle pain; fatigue; headache; nausea; and joint pain
  • Some individuals with weakened immune systems may have reduced immune responses to BEXSERO
  • Vaccination with BEXSERO may not result in protection in all vaccine recipients
  • Ask your healthcare professional about the risks and benefits of BEXSERO. Only a healthcare professional can decide if BEXSERO is right for you or your child