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Who should get the meningococcal vaccine?

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Preteens usually have the shot at their 11- or 12-year-old checkup, with a booster between ages 16 and 18. Vaccinations are also recommended for the following:

  • College freshmen living in a dorm
  • Military recruits
  • Someone who's spleen has been removed or is damaged
  • Someone with terminal complement component deficiency (an immune system problem)
  • Someone traveling to or living in a country where the disease is common

From: Meningococcal Vaccine WebMD Medical Reference

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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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