Vaccine - Meningitis

This is a vaccine that decreases your risk of getting a meningococcal infection in the blood or lining of the spinal cord and brain.




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:

  • High fever
  • Severe headaches
  • Stiff neck

Some of the complications of meningococcal infections may include:

  • A serious infection in the blood (meningococcal septicemia)
  • Loss of an arm or leg
  • Damage to the nervous system
  • Hearing loss
  • Changes in vision
  • Developmental and intellectual disabilities
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Shock, stroke and death

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:

  • Spend a lot of time with a large groups of people (e.g., living in a college dormitory or military barracks)
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Travel to certain foreign countries

If you have a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before you receive the vaccine.

  • You should not receive the vaccine at all if you have a serious allergy or reaction to any of the components of 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.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for me or my child, and why?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if we do not get the vaccine?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Vaccine Meningococcal
Vaccine Meningitis
Vaccine - Meningitis
Vaccine
Meningococcal Vaccine
Meningococcal Shot
Meningococcal Immunization
Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Meningitis Vaccine
Meningitis Shot
Meningitis Immunization
Immunization Meningococcal
Immunization Meningitis


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