WHAT IS MENINGITIS?
Meningococcal disease is an uncommon, but potentially life-threatening infection that usually results in meningitis (infection and inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord) and/or a serious blood infection. It is often referred to as meningitis. Meningitis is caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis.
Early symptoms can feel flu-like and then rapidly get worse, and may include: