Adults need to be vaccinated for meningococcal disease if they are at increased risk. This includes college students, military personnel, international travelers to areas where meningococcal disease is endemic, scientists who may be exposed to meningococcal bacteria, adults who have certain types of immune problems, HIV infection, and those without a functioning spleen. (Some children and teens are also at increased risk.)
Healthy adults who got the vaccine as adolescents may not need to be vaccinated again. Adults with an increased risk of meningococcal disease will need booster doses as long as they are still at risk.
There are two types of meningococcal vaccines currently approved for use in the US. Talk with a healthcare professional to determine which vaccines you need.
Reviewed: July 2021
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sample social media posts focused on meningococcal disease prevention
Many adults need to be vaccinated if they are at increased risk of meningococcal disease, including college students, military personnel, and some international travelers
Serogroup B is the most common cause of meningococcal disease in US adolescents and young adults
What you should know about meningococcal disease
Most meningococcal cases in the US are not linked to outbreaks, but when outbreaks do occur, they are usually in dense populations such as college campuses