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Adolescents and Young Adults at Risk for Meningococcal Disease
Meningococcal disease, spread by typical adolescent and young adult behaviors such as close quartered living, sharing utensils and kissing, is often mistaken early on for the flu, and can turn deadly within 24 hours. Those who survive can be left with permanent disabilities – speech problems, amputations, brain damage, vision loss, and motor impairment.
Recent outbreaks of meningococcal disease on college campuses in the United States demonstrate the seriousness of the disease. If you are a parent, an adolescent or young adult, find out what you need to know about the risk factors, how to recognize and how to protect against meningococcal disease at www.MeetMeningitis.com.