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Symptoms of Meningococcal disease are non-specific initially, similar to those of influenza, such as fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, chills, stiff neck etc. That’s why MD is often recognised in already further developed phase and despite the treatment kills 10 to 15 percent of infected people. Two of ten surviving patients suffers disabilities such as brain or kidney damage, loss of limbs, hearing loss etc.

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection endangering especially infants, children and adolescents. Usually appears in the form of meningitis (inflammation and irritation of the lining of the brain and

The most effective protection against meningitis is vaccination. There are several types of bacteria, called Serogroups, causing meningococcal disease and though several types of vaccines recommended to help protect against different serogroups. Serogroups A, B, C, W and Y - Nimenrix  and Serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccine - f.ex. Bexsero.

Vaccination is recommended for following groups of people:

·         children from 2 months through 2 years old

·         children from 13 through15 years old

·         Adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years old

·         People with weak immune system

·         people at working risk- Microbiologists

·         People traveling to destinations where is an outbreak of meningococcal disease

·         people whose spleen is damaged or has been removed

·         people with a rare immune system condition

Ask your practitioner or paediatrician about the type and timing of vaccine that would be suitable for you or your children.

 

For more information see:

 

www.antimeningokok.cz

cdc.gov

who.int