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Are there any adults who shouldn't get the meningococcal vaccine?

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You shouldn't get either type of meningococcal vaccine if you:

If you are pregnant or have other concerns, ask your doctor which meningitis vaccine is right for you.

  • Are moderately or seriously ill. Wait until you recover.
  • Have had a serious allergic reaction (called anaphylaxis) to a previous dose
  • Had a severe reaction to any part of the vaccine

From: Meningococcal Vaccine for Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Meningococcal Disease for Adults" and "Meningococcal Disease."

CDC: "Factsheet: Meningococcal Diseases and Meningococcal Vaccines;" "Meningococcal; Who Needs to be Vaccinated?;" "Meningococcal Vaccination;" "Meningococcal Vaccines What You Need to Know;" "Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee ACIP;" "Vaccine Information Statements (VIS);" and  ''Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary, Part 2.''

National Network for Immunization Information: "Meningococcal."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Meningococcal Disease Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

AAAAI: "Tips to Remember: Anaphylaxis."

National Meningitis Association: "Statistics and Disease Facts."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 27, 2017

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Meningococcal Disease for Adults" and "Meningococcal Disease."

CDC: "Factsheet: Meningococcal Diseases and Meningococcal Vaccines;" "Meningococcal; Who Needs to be Vaccinated?;" "Meningococcal Vaccination;" "Meningococcal Vaccines What You Need to Know;" "Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee ACIP;" "Vaccine Information Statements (VIS);" and  ''Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary, Part 2.''

National Network for Immunization Information: "Meningococcal."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Meningococcal Disease Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

AAAAI: "Tips to Remember: Anaphylaxis."

National Meningitis Association: "Statistics and Disease Facts."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 27, 2017

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