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CDC Health Advisory #505

Increase in Invasive Serogroup Y Meningococcal Disease in the United States

Recommendations for the Public:

  • Seek medical attention immediately if you or your child develops symptoms of meningococcal disease:

Symptoms of meningitis may include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, photophobia, or altered mental status.


Symptoms of meningococcal bloodstream infection may include fever and chills, fatigue, vomiting, cold hands and feet, severe aches and pains, rapid breathing, diarrhea, or, in later stages, a dark purple rash.


While symptoms of meningococcal disease can at first be nonspecific, they worsen rapidly, and the disease can become life-threatening within hours.

  • Talk to your healthcare provider about meningococcal vaccines that may be recommended for you and your household or family members, including any recommended booster doses.


For more information visit:

Visit CDC-INFO or call CDC-INFO at 1-800-232-4636




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