This is a vaccine that decreases your risk of getting a 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:
Some of the complications of meningococcal infections may include:
In some cases a meningococcal infection may progress rapidly, and may cause death within hours. The meningococcal conjugate vaccine helps protect you and your child from this infection.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children get the meningococcal conjugate vaccine between eleven and twelve years of age. They should also get a booster at sixteen years of age. The vaccine may be also recommended for those who are at high risk for meningococcal disease. This includes people that:
If you have a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before you receive the vaccine.
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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