Meningococcal disease refers to any illness caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitides. This includes Meningitis, an infection of the brain/spinal cord and Septicemia, an infection of the bloodstream. Both are very serious and can become deadly in a matter of hours. If left untreated, meningococcal disease can lead to deafness, brain damage, or can even be fatal.
- High temperature
- Less or no interest in eating
- Too lethargic to wake up
- Difficulty breathing
- Stiff, jerky movements or floppiness
- Rash covering the body that does not fade under pressure
Meningococcal disease is easily spread and can affect all age groups. However, infants under one, adolescents, and young adults are considered some of the most at-risk groups. The most effective way to protect against meningococcal disease is vaccination. As of now, most meningococcal vaccines target older age groups. Since infants under the age of one are among the most at risk, there is an unmet need for meningococcal vaccines that provide protection to that youngest age group.
If you plan on getting your child their routine vaccinations and would like to participate in a study, call our ARC Clinical Research team at 512-225-5931, or contact us online.