Meningococcal vaccines are now available that help protect against all three serogroups of meningococcal disease that are most commonly seen in the United States.
You can help keep your pre-teens and teens healthy and active by making sure they get the vaccines needed to protect them against serious, sometimes deadly diseases.
Even if vaccinated as an infant, there are vaccines recommended specifically for adolescents.
The National Meningitis Association (NMA) is a nonprofit organization founded by parents whose children have died or live with permanent disabilities from meningococcal disease. We are dedicated to educating families, medical professionals and others about meningococcal disease and its prevention.
Meningococcal disease, sometimes called bacterial meningitis, is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that may cause death or disability within hours. However, it can be prevented through vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends meningococcal vaccination for all children at 11-12 with a booster at age 16.
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