Is there a vaccine available?
Yes. Vaccine will protect against some, but not all, types of meningococcus. It is only recommended in specific outbreaks, for travel to certain parts of the world, and for people with certain immune weaknesses. The length of vaccine protection is not known, but appears to be about three years in persons 4 years of age or older. It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to begin after vaccination. The vaccine does not affect carriers; they can still spread diseases to others. Direct contacts that receive vaccine must also receive antibiotics to avoid spreading the disease.

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1. What is meningococcal disease?
2. Where does it come from?
3. How is it spread?
4. What are the symptoms?
5. How long can a person spread the bacteria?
6. Who is at risk for illness?
7. What is the treatment of people with meningococcal disease?
8. What do direct contacts need to do?
9. How can the risk of spreading meningococcal disease be reduced?
10. Is there a vaccine available?
11. What should I do if I suspect someone in my family has meningococcal disease?
12. Where can I get more information?