(BPT) – Meningitis is a type of invasive meningococcal disease and bacterial infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 500 cases of meningococcal disease (probable and confirmed) occurred in the United States. Though uncommon, meningococcal meningitis is a serious and potentially life-altering disease. Typical teen and young adult behaviors, such as close-quartered living, sharing drinks and utensils, and kissing, can promote the transmission of the bacteria.
If you’re a parent of a teen or young adult, talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about meningococcal meningitis or visit www.MeetMeningitis.com.