US College Students Are at Increased Risk for Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease

J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Apr 30;9(2):244-247. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piz024.


Publicly available surveillance data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, and other sources suggest that college students in the United States are at increased risk for meningococcus serogroup B (MenB) disease. US surveillance data from 2015 to 2017 show that the incidence of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) was greater among college students than among those not attending college; the average annual incidence of MenB disease was >5-fold higher among college students, and all college IMD outbreaks between 2011 and March 2019 were caused by MenB.

Keywords: MenB; college students; meningococcal disease; outbreak; vaccination.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Carrier State
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control
  • Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Meningococcal Infections / epidemiology*
  • Meningococcal Infections / prevention & control
  • Meningococcal Vaccines*
  • Neisseria meningitidis, Serogroup B*
  • Risk
  • Students*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Universities*
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data
  • Vaccines, Conjugate
  • Young Adult


  • Meningococcal Vaccines
  • Vaccines, Conjugate
  • meningococcal type B conjugate vaccine