Learn more about meningococcal disease
Although uncommon, meningococcal disease strikes rapidly and is potentially fatal1
A Closer Look at Meningococcal Disease
Symptoms of meningococcal disease progress rapidly and are often mistaken for the flu in early stages, but can lead to death within 24 hours in some patients.2,8 Please note that symptoms can vary in the order and timing of appearance and some may not appear at all. Symptoms may differ by age group.
Meningococcal disease can strike rapidly. Although uncommon, meningococcal disease is potentially fatal.
Hypothetical case in an individual 15- to 16-years-old.
*Hours expressed as medians.
†Seizure was noted at a median of 26 hours.
‡Even with appropriate treatment, the fatality rate is 10%-15% for patients with invasive meningococcal disease.3
Data were obtained from parents of test subjects via questionnaire (n=313) or interview with a study investigator (n=135). Parents were asked at what time of day their child’s symptoms began, as well as the time of appearance of predefined clinical features. Additional data were obtained from medical records for the course of illness before admission to the hospital in 448 children (≤16 years of age) with meningococcal disease (345 nonfatal cases; 103 fatal). Diagnosis was confirmed with microbiologic techniques in 83% of cases (n=373). The remainder of the children (n=75) were probable cases.2