Who is at risk?
Anyone at any age can get meningococcal disease, but some people have a higher risk for the disease. These include:
- Adolescents and young adults*
- Infants less than one year old
- People living in crowded settings like college dorms or military barracks
- Those with persistent complement component deficiency or anatomic or functional asplenia
- People traveling to certain areas outside the U.S. such as the meningitis belt in Africa
- Laboratory personnel who are routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria
- Those who might have been exposed to meningococcal disease during an outbreak
*Certain lifestyle factors among adolescents might contribute to their increased risk, such as:
- Crowded living conditions (such as dormitories, boarding schools and sleep-away camps)
- Attendance at a new school with students from geographically diverse areas
- Irregular sleeping patterns
- Active or passive smoking
- Social situations where there is crowding
- Moving to a new residence
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