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What are symptoms of meningococcal disease?

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Early symptoms of both meningitis and blood infection can be confused with the flu or a cold, but symptoms can rapidly become more severe and may include:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Aches
  • Fatigue
  • Purplish rash on arms and legs
  • Other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and changes in mental state

From: Meningococcal Vaccine for Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Meningococcal Disease for Adults" and "Meningococcal Disease."

CDC: "Factsheet: Meningococcal Diseases and Meningococcal Vaccines;" "Meningococcal; Who Needs to be Vaccinated?;" "Meningococcal Vaccination;" "Meningococcal Vaccines What You Need to Know;" "Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee ACIP;" "Vaccine Information Statements (VIS);" and  ''Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary, Part 2.''

National Network for Immunization Information: "Meningococcal."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Meningococcal Disease Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

AAAAI: "Tips to Remember: Anaphylaxis."

National Meningitis Association: "Statistics and Disease Facts."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 27, 2017

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Meningococcal Disease for Adults" and "Meningococcal Disease."

CDC: "Factsheet: Meningococcal Diseases and Meningococcal Vaccines;" "Meningococcal; Who Needs to be Vaccinated?;" "Meningococcal Vaccination;" "Meningococcal Vaccines What You Need to Know;" "Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee ACIP;" "Vaccine Information Statements (VIS);" and  ''Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary, Part 2.''

National Network for Immunization Information: "Meningococcal."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Meningococcal Disease Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

AAAAI: "Tips to Remember: Anaphylaxis."

National Meningitis Association: "Statistics and Disease Facts."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 27, 2017

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