What is meningococcal disease? Signs and symptoms and how to prevent it?

Both parents and doctors fear meningococcal infection, which is back in the news. 

Doctors don't want to miss a test, as early treatment with antibiotics can save lives. 

Mom and Dad worry about the disease because up to ten percent of children 

 who end up infected die from the disease and its complications.

Any other forty percent of children may have ongoing disability due to one or more headaches.

These include deafness, blindness, skin scarring, or surgical amputation of limbs that may be necessary to sustain 

In other cases, children will first be seriously ill but then get better a few days after starting antibiotics. 

 Many, however, will have ongoing fatigue, forgetfulness, and trouble concentrating. 

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