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Are there any dangers or side effects associated with the meningococcal vaccine?

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Side effects of the meningococcal vaccine may include:

Signs of severe allergic reaction include:

  • Mild pain and redness at the injection site
  • Slight fever
  • Hoarseness, wheezing, trouble breathing, or swallowing
  • Hives, itching, skin warmth, or redness
  • Paleness
  • Stomach cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • Anxiety or headache
  • Weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness

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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