This vaccine is used to help prevent certain serious, sometimes fatal, bacterial infections (meningitis, meningococcemia). This infection may cause severe problems (hearing loss, brain/nerve problems, paralysis, blindness, seizures, loss of limbs) even with antibiotic treatment. This vaccine works by increasing the body's natural defense (immunity) against the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease.Vaccination is the best way to prevent infection. However, like any vaccine, it may not fully protect everyone who receives it.The brand and dose of vaccine you receive depend on your age. Other vaccines may also be given at the same time, usually in a different site on the body.
How to use
This vaccine is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. Adults and children usually receive the injection in the upper arm, and infants receive it in the upper thigh. Depending on your age, the vaccine is given one or more times. Ask your health care professional for your recommended vaccine schedule.
Since fever may commonly occur after vaccination (especially in infants and children), your health care professional may recommend a fever/pain relief medication (such as acetaminophen) for use if needed. Ask your health care professional for details.
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