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Who should not get a meningococcal vaccine?

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Your preteen or teen shouldn't get the meningococcal vaccine if he:

Pregnant women can get the meningococcal vaccine, but it's only recommended for those with certain immune problems or those likely to be exposed to meningitis. With the newer MCV4 and MenB vaccines, there hasn't been as much study in pregnant women compared to the MPSV4 vaccine.

  • Has had a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction to a meningococcal vaccine before or to any vaccine component
  • Is moderately or severely ill (reschedule when well)
  • Has ever had Guillain-Barre syndrome

SOURCES:

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

National Meningitis Association: "About Meningococcal Disease."

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know," "Meningococcal Vaccination."

National Network for Immunization Information: "Important Facts for Parents to Know About the Meningococcal Vaccine." 

National Network for Immunization Information: "Vaccine Information: Meningococcal Disease," "Frequently Asked Questions about the Meningococcal Vaccine."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

National Meningitis Association: "About Meningococcal Disease."

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know," "Meningococcal Vaccination."

National Network for Immunization Information: "Important Facts for Parents to Know About the Meningococcal Vaccine." 

National Network for Immunization Information: "Vaccine Information: Meningococcal Disease," "Frequently Asked Questions about the Meningococcal Vaccine."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

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