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Meningococcal disease is a vaccine-preventable disease

Which Diseases Do Vaccines Protect Against?1

The Canadian publicly funded health care system offers protection against 13 vaccine-preventable diseases, TB protection in certain areas and HPV vaccine for older children.

Meningococcal Disease2

Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis.

Most people carry meningococci bacteria in their noses and throats without getting sick, but in some rare cases, the bacteria can overcome the body’s natural defenses causing serious invasive diseases. These diseases can include bacterial meningitis (brain and spinal cord tissue inflammation) and meningococcemia (widespread infection in the blood and other organs).

Invasive meningococcal disease is very serious and can be fatal. Survivors may have permanent problems such as deafness, brain damage, seizures, and amputation.

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Vaccine-preventable diseases.
    Accessed March 17, 2016.
  2. Health Canada, Healthy Living – Meningococcal vaccine. Accessed February 27, 2014.