This vaccine decreases the risk of getting a group B meningococcal infection in the blood or lining of the spinal cord and brain.
Meningococcal meningitis is a serious bacterial infection of the lining around the spinal cord and brain. It is one of the main causes of bacterial meningitis in infants and adolescents. Some of the symptoms of meningococcal meningitis may include:
The group B meningococcal vaccine helps protect you or your child from this infection.
Some of the complications of meningococcal infections may include:
A meningococcal infection can progress rapidly and may cause death within hours.
This care path is for one of the two vaccines that protect against a specific type of bacteria that can cause meningitis (group B). Both vaccines can be used in those age ten and older.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that children and adults age ten and older, who are at high risk of group B meningococcal disease, be vaccinated against group B meningococcal disease. This includes those who:
The vaccine may also be given for short-term protection against group B meningococcal disease in teens and young adults sixteen through twenty-three years of age who are not at high risk.
You should contact your healthcare provider if you or your child are not up to date on your meningococcal vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about this vaccine.
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