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How is meningococcal disease spread and who is most at risk?

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Meningococcal disease is not as contagious as other illnesses, such as a cold or the flu. But it is spread by contact with infected respiratory and throat secretions. That can happen with coughing, kissing, or sneezing. Because the risk increases with close or prolonged contact with an infected person, family members in the same household and caregivers are at an increased risk. For the same reason, so are college students who live in dormitories.

From: Meningococcal Vaccine WebMD Medical Reference

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Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011. CDC web site: "Meningitis Questions & Answers,"  "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know," "Meningococcal Vaccination," "Vaccines and Preventable Diseases: Meningococcal: Who Needs to Be Vaccinated?" "Meningococcal vaccine side-effects," "GBS and Menactra Meningococcal Vaccine."

VaccineInformation.org: "Meningococcal Disease Vaccine."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 26, 2017

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Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011. CDC web site: "Meningitis Questions & Answers,"  "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know," "Meningococcal Vaccination," "Vaccines and Preventable Diseases: Meningococcal: Who Needs to Be Vaccinated?" "Meningococcal vaccine side-effects," "GBS and Menactra Meningococcal Vaccine."

VaccineInformation.org: "Meningococcal Disease Vaccine."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 26, 2017

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