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Welcome to the
National Meningitis Association

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 against serogroups A, C, W and Y for all children at 11-12 with a booster at age 16.

Recently, two vaccines to prevent against serogroup B meningococcal disease were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ages 10 to 25. Click here for more information.


NMA proudly displays the universal symbol of immunization (to the right). Click here for more information.

Five Facts About Meningococcal Disease and Prevention (Click each to expand.)

1. Each year, meningococcal disease strikes...

nearly 600 to 1,000 Americans and up to 10-15 percent of those infected will die.

2. Preteens, teens and young adults are at greater...

risk for meningococcal disease than most, accounting for 21 percent of all cases.

3. Among those who survive, approximately ...

20 percent live with permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, loss of kidney function or limb amputations.

4. Meningococcal disease is often misdiagnosed...

because its early symptoms are much like those of the flu.

5. Health officials recommend routine vaccination...

at 11-12 years old with a booster dose at age 16 to protect preteens and teens against meningococcal disease.

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