Meningococcal disease is a serious illness, caused by a bacteria. It is the
leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years old in the United
States. Meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord coverings.
Meningococcal disease can also cause blood infections.
Meningococcal vaccine is not routinely recommended for most people but anyone
traveling to, or living in, a part of the world where meningococcal disease is
common should be vaccinated.

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