A serious infection that can be spread through common adolescent and young-adult behaviours (sharing)
Meningitis B is a form of IMD caused by N. meningitidis serogroup B bacteria (MenB). MenB was associated with >50% of IMD cases in Canada between 2011 and 2015.
Who is at risk?
After children aged 4 years and under, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 years have the highest rates of reported IMD in Canada.
IMD has historically occurred in:
- Other places where there are large groups of teens and young adults
How is MenB spread?
MenB can be spread through common adolescent and young-adult behaviours (sharing)
- Up to 10% of healthy people may carry N. meningitidis bacteria without any symptoms.
- Healthy adolescents and young adults are more likely to be carriers of this bacteria.
- The carriage is highest in adolescents (20-30%).