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When should you get a meningococcal vaccine?

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Meningococcal vaccine

How you get it: As a shot

How often and when: The first shot at age 11 or 12, with a booster at 16 and when a doctor recommends one.

Who should get it? Adults who haven't had the vaccine should get it if they:

  • Are a college freshman living in a dorm
  • Are a military recruit
  • Have a damaged spleen or have had their spleen removed
  • Have an immune system problem that puts them at risk for bacterial infection
  • Work a lot with the bacteria that cause meningitis
  • Are traveling to or living in countries where the disease is common

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: ''Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine,'' ''Pneumococcal Disease In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis A In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis B In-Short,'' ''HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers,'' ''Meningococcal: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?'' ''Shingles Vaccination: What You Need to Know,'' ''Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A.''

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : ''Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010,'' ''Adult Immunization Schedules, United States, 2013.''

Immunization Action Coalition: ''Vaccinations for Adults.''

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 7, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: ''Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine,'' ''Pneumococcal Disease In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis A In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis B In-Short,'' ''HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers,'' ''Meningococcal: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?'' ''Shingles Vaccination: What You Need to Know,'' ''Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A.''

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : ''Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010,'' ''Adult Immunization Schedules, United States, 2013.''

Immunization Action Coalition: ''Vaccinations for Adults.''

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 7, 2019

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