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What are the three types of meningitis vaccines?

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Meningococcal meningitis is a serious disease that causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. You can prevent it by getting the meningococcal vaccine. There are three types:

Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4): Menactra (MenACWY-DT) and Menveo (MenACWY-CRM)

Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4): Menomune

Serogroup B Meningococcal B: Trumenba (MenB-FHbp) and Bexsero (MenB-4C)

MCV4 and MPSV4 can prevent 70% of the types of meningococcal disease. Both work in nine out of 10 people. Serogroup B vaccine is also available.

Doctors recommend that kids get a shot of MCV4 at age 11 or 12. They need a booster shot at 16.

From: How to Prevent Meningitis WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 2, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 2/2/2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines," "Meningococcal Disease," "Use of Meningitis Vaccine in People with Cochlear Implants."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 2, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines," "Meningococcal Disease," "Use of Meningitis Vaccine in People with Cochlear Implants."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 2, 2019

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