Menactra (PF) IM Warnings
Menactra (PF) IM Uses
This vaccine is used to help prevent serious, sometimes fatal, infections (meningitis, meningococcemia) caused by a certain bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis). These infections are very serious and may cause severe problems (hearing loss, brain/nerve problems, paralysis, blindness, seizures, loss of limbs) even with proper antibiotic treatment. Therefore, preventing these infections through vaccination is very important.
This vaccine contains parts from the bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis). It works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the bacteria.How to use Menactra (PF) IM
Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.
This vaccine is given by injection into the muscle by a health care professional. Depending on your age, the vaccine is given either as a single dose or in 2 doses.
Menactra (PF) IM Side Effects
Pain/redness/swelling at the injection site, headache, drowsiness, tiredness, joint/muscle pain, nausea, loss of appetite, chills, fever, and diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Infrequently, temporary symptoms such as fainting/dizziness/lightheadedness, vision changes, numbness/tingling, or seizure-like movements have happened after vaccine injections. Tell your health care provider right away if you have any of these symptoms soon after receiving an injection. Sitting or lying down may relieve symptoms.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: numbness/tingling of arms/legs, muscle weakness.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US, you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Menactra (PF) IM Precautions
Before receiving this vaccine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to latex; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before receiving this vaccination, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: current fever/illness, a certain nerve disease (Guillain-Barre syndrome), bleeding disorders (such as hemophilia, thrombocytopenia).
During pregnancy, this vaccine should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Menactra (PF) IM Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: "blood thinners" (such as warfarin), chemotherapy, corticosteroids (such as prednisone, dexamethasone), drugs that weaken the immune system (such as cyclosporine, efalizumab, tacrolimus).
Menactra (PF) IM Overdose
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.NOTES:
As with any vaccine, this vaccine may not fully protect everyone who receives it.
Keep vaccine records for yourself and all of your children, and after your children are grown provide their records to them and their doctors. This will prevent unnecessary re-vaccinations.MISSED DOSE:
It is important that you or your child receive each vaccination as scheduled. Be sure to ask when each dose should be received, and make a note on a calendar to help you remember.STORAGE:
Not applicable. This vaccine is given in a doctor's office and will not be stored at home.
Information last revised September 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.