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What are recommendations for the meningococcal vaccine?

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Although MCV4 is the preferred vaccine for most people, if it is not available when it's time for the vaccination, MPSV4 can be used. Routine immunization with the meningococcal vaccine MCV4 is recommended for children aged 11 or 12, with a booster to be given between ages 16 and 18. Vaccinations are also recommended for the following groups:

  • College freshmen living in a dorm
  • Military recruits
  • Someone who has a damaged spleen
  • Someone whose spleen has been removed
  • Someone with terminal complement component deficiency (an immune system problem)
  • Microbiologists who are routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria
  • Someone traveling to or residing in a country where the disease is common
  • Someone who has been exposed to meningitis

From: Meningococcal Vaccine WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011. CDC web site: "Meningitis Questions & Answers,"  "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know," "Meningococcal Vaccination," "Vaccines and Preventable Diseases: Meningococcal: Who Needs to Be Vaccinated?" "Meningococcal vaccine side-effects," "GBS and Menactra Meningococcal Vaccine."

VaccineInformation.org: "Meningococcal Disease Vaccine."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 26, 2017

SOURCES:

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011. CDC web site: "Meningitis Questions & Answers,"  "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know," "Meningococcal Vaccination," "Vaccines and Preventable Diseases: Meningococcal: Who Needs to Be Vaccinated?" "Meningococcal vaccine side-effects," "GBS and Menactra Meningococcal Vaccine."

VaccineInformation.org: "Meningococcal Disease Vaccine."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 26, 2017

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