Statistics and Disease Facts

  • Approximately 800 – 1,200 people contract meningococcal disease in the U.S. each year.*
  • Of those who get meningococcal disease 10-15 percent die.
  • Among those who survive, approximately 1 in 5 live with permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, loss of kidney function or limb amputations. 
  • About 20 percent of all meningococcal disease cases occur in teens and young adults ages 14–24.
  • 3 in 10 U.S. teens have not yet received their first dose of recommended meningococcal vaccination and remain unprotected.
  • Teens now need a booster to keep them protected through the high-risk years.

*Historically, the number of meningococcal disease cases went up and down over time. Now, the number of cases is at the lowest it has ever been. Health officials believe this is due, in part, to the increased use of meningococcal vaccines.


 CDC. Factsheet: Meningococcal Disease and Meningococcal Vaccine. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/vac-mening-fs.htm. Accessed April 1, 2013.

 CDC. National and State Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2011. MMWR 2012;61(34):671-677. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6134a3.htm. Accessed February 1, 2013.