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When should you avoid getting a meningitis vaccine?

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If you're very ill at the time you're scheduled to get a shot, wait until you're better. Avoid the vaccine if you:

  • Had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose
  • Have a severe allergy to any vaccine ingredient

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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