Download these resources to learn more about meningococcal disease and how BEXSERO can help protect your child against meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis group B strains (meningitis B).

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Glossary

Glossary

Bacteria

Single-celled organisms that typically live in soil, water, or the bodies of people and animals and that in some cases can cause disease.

Meningitis

An inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, caused by bacteria, a virus, or a fungus.

Meningococcal disease

A serious bacterial infection caused by Neisseria meningitidis bacteria strains.

Meningococcal meningitis

Meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis.

Neisseria meningitidis

Bacteria that can cause a variety of bacterial diseases, including meningococcal meningitis and sepsis. Some people carry Neisseria meningitidis in their throat or nose without getting sick.

Sepsis

An infection of the bloodstream.

Group (serogroup)

A classification of a group of bacteria with a common antigen (a substance that the body recognizes as foreign and triggers immune responses).

Vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. There are currently 13 identified groups of Neisseria meningitidis, among which five―A, B, C, W-135 and Y―are responsible for the majority of cases of meningococcal disease. BEXSERO is indicated for the prevention of meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis group B strains (meningitis B).

Meningitis B was the leading cause of meningococcal disease in Canada from 2003 through 2011.

Strains

Each group of Neisseria meningitidis bacteria can contain several strains.

Vaccination

Also known as immunization, vaccination is the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to help protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.