What Should I Know About Meningococcal Disease?

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Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by bacteria. It can cause meningitis, which is an infection of the brain and spinal cord, and it can also cause blood infections.

Stamps Health Services (SHS) is committed to providing the best possible care for your young adult. Our facility currently stocks Bexsero, but we are able to order Trumenba. If you or your Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket have any questions regarding the meningococcal B vaccines or pricing, please call SHS at 404-894-7294 (Pharmacy) or 404-895-4995 (Immunizations). Most insurance plans will cover the cost of this vaccine.

Meningococcal Disease Fast Facts:

  • Risk Factors
    • Close living quarters (residence halls)
    • Certain medical conditions (people with no spleen or a dysfunctional spleen, complement component deficiency, HIV)
    • Young adults (16 through 23 year olds)
    • Smoking, including exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Transmission
      • Person to person, close contact
      • Saliva or nasal secretions (kissing, coughing, sharing drinks/food)
      • Signs & Symptoms
        • Sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck
        • Nausea
        • Vomiting
        • Sensitivity to light
        • Confusion
        • Prevention
          • Vaccination
            • Meningococcal ACYW135 (required by the University System of Georgia)
              • Menactra
              • Menveo
            • Meningococcal B
              • Bexsero (2 dose series)
              • Trumenba (2-3 dose series)
                  • Antibiotics

Prophylaxis treatment for anyone living in close contact with a patient with meningococcal disease


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