Meningococcal (me-nin-je-kok-ul) meningitis is a disease that causes the membranes around your brain and spinal cord to swell. It is easily spread by kissing, sharing drinks, coughing, or sneezing. People who have meningitis usually confuse it with flu.
Meningitis can cause headaches, stiff neck, high fever, nausea and vomiting. A rash may also appear. This scary disease could cause a healthy teen to lose an arm or leg, become paralyzed, or die. You need one shot at age 11 or 12 and second one at age 16 to protect you from four types of this deadly disease.