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Who should get the meningococcal vaccine?

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The CDC recommends you get the vaccine if you are an adult and:

  • Are living in a dorm as a first-year college student
  • Work with meningococcal bacteria in a lab
  • Are in the military
  • Are traveling to or living in a country where meningococcal disease is common, such as in certain parts of Africa
  • Have a damaged spleen, or it's been removed
  • Have an immune system disorder called terminal complement deficiency
  • Are taking eculizumab (Soliris)
  • May have been exposed to meningitis during an outbreak
  • Have HIV

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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