The National Meningitis Association (NMA) works to protect families from the potentially devastating effects of meningococcal disease by educating the public, medical professionals and others about the disease and its prevention. Additionally, NMA raises awareness of other preventable diseases and recommended vaccines across the lifespan.
NMA began in 2002 as a handful of parents whose families experienced the devastating impact of meningococcal disease. It was only after their experiences that they learned the disease is vaccine-preventable. Over the years, this small group grew into a national organization that advocates for meningococcal disease awareness and prevention.
When NMA was founded, there was little public knowledge about meningococcal disease. Also, at that time, vaccination was not recommended, and an organized support structure for affected families did not exist.
Much has changed since NMA was founded:
- Vaccination is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all preteens and teens as well as those of other ages with risk factors for the disease.
- Many states now require vaccination for adolescents; others require that families and college students be educated about prevention.
- Vaccination rates have climbed steadily in recent years while disease incidence has declined.
- Vaccines are now available and permissively recommended for teens and young adults to protect against serogroup B disease
NMA is proud to have played a role in increasing meningococcal disease awareness and vaccination rates.
The National Meningitis Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Board of Directors
- Leslie Maier - Leslie Maier was named President of the National Meningitis Association (NMA) in September 2018 after serving on the NMA... Learn More
- Lori Buher - Lori Buher has served on the Board of the National Meningitis for 10 years and was named Secretary in 2018.… Learn More
- Alan Bozof - Alan Bozof was named Treasurer of the National Meningitis Association in 2018, following the passing of his wife and former… Learn More
All disease and prevention information provided by the National Meningitis Association (NMA) is based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other established resources. Content is reviewed by medical experts to ensure its accuracy and updated regularly to reflect changes in available information.
Information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Those seeking medical advice should consult a clinician or other healthcare provider.
The National Meningitis Association (NMA) receives funding from a variety of sources, including donations from individuals and foundations and grants from corporations, including pharmaceutical companies. NMA maintains independence and control over all program and editorial content.
The NMA Board has made a decision to stop accepting individual donations. We are well-positioned for the future and will continue to educate parents and teens about this disease via our website, current and new videos, social media and education campaigns. We will also continue to support school entry requirements for meningococcal and other adolescent vaccines.
Although we are not accepting funding at this time, please let us know if you are interested in supporting/participating in other NMA activities directly.