MENINGITIS B

B Informed About Meningitis B

What is meningitis B?

Meningococcal group B disease (also known as meningitis B) is a rare but serious disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, which can lead to an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It can also cause a severe infection of the blood called meningococcal septicemia.

Why is it so dangerous?

Meningitis B strikes quickly—usually without warning—and can be fatal, sometimes within 24 hours. The meningitis vaccine most people may have received when they were younger didn’t cover meningitis B, because a vaccine wasn’t available until late 2014.

About
1 in 10

people infected with meningitis B will die sometimes within hours

16–23
year-olds

are at an increased risk of getting meningitis B

How does meningitis B spread?

The bacteria that cause meningitis B live within the nose and throat and can be passed through saliva, coughing or sneezing. The disease can spread from person to person through close contact. Certain everyday behaviors can increase the risk of getting meningitis B, particularly for teens and young adults, including:

LIVING IN CLOSE
QUARTERS

COUGHING &
SNEEZING

SHARING DRINKS
& EATING UTENSILS

SMOKING &
SECONDHAND SMOKE

About 1 in 10 young adults carry the bacteria usually without symptoms and may spread it to others

What are the symptoms of meningitis B?

Initial symptoms may be mild, which is why people might confuse the early signs with the flu or a cold. However, symptoms can progress rapidly and can lead to death, sometimes within 24 hours. That’s why it’s important to stay alert and act quickly.

Symptoms progress rapidly and may include:

SUDDEN FEVER

HEADACHE

STIFF NECK

Additional symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity of the eyes to light, confusion, and a rash (typically dark purple spots on the torso, arms, or legs).

If you are experiencing these symptoms or if you have been in close contact with someone who has meningitis, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Complications

Some survivors will have long-term physical and
cognitive disabilities, including:

Brain damage

Hearing loss

Loss of limbs

Up to 1 in 5

meningitis B survivors suffer serious
long-term disabilities

DON’T WAIT

Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about BEXSERO.

B VACCINATED

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BEXSERO

  • Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of BEXSERO or who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose should not receive BEXSERO
  • The tip caps of the prefilled syringes contain natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions in latex-sensitive individuals
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
  • Fainting can happen after getting BEXSERO. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your healthcare provider may ask you to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after receiving BEXSERO
  • The most common side effects are pain, redness or hardness at the injection site; muscle pain; fatigue; headache; nausea; and joint pain
  • Vaccination with BEXSERO may not result in protection in all vaccine recipients
  • Ask your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of BEXSERO. Only a healthcare provider can decide if BEXSERO is right for you or your child

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BEXSERO

  • Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of BEXSERO or who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose should not receive BEXSERO
  • The tip caps of the prefilled syringes contain natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions in latex-sensitive individuals