Meningococcal conjugate (Men-C-C) vaccine

What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria known as Neisseria meningitidis (commonly known as meningococcus).

Meningococcal disease is a very serious infection. It occurs in people who have either come in contact with a healthy person known as a "carrier" of meningococci bacteria or come in contact with a sick person with meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal disease occurs in two main forms:

  • Meningococcal septicaemia, also called meningococcemia, occurs when the bacteria infect the bloodstream and cause blood poisoning.
  • Meningococcal meningitis occurs when the bacteria infect the outer lining around the brain and spinal cord.

 

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