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Meningococcal Vaccination

Pronounced (muh-nin-jo-cok-ul)

At a Glance

Meningococcal vaccination

Meningococcal vaccines are now available that help protect against all three serogroups of meningococcal disease that are most commonly seen in the United States (serogroups B, C and Y), but they will not prevent all cases. There are three kinds of meningococcal vaccines available in the United States:

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccines (Menactra®, MenHibrix® and Menveo®)
  • Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Menomune®)
  • Serogroup B meningococcal vaccines (Bexsero® and Trumenba®)

View the table below to learn which meningococcal serogroups are covered by each vaccine.

Trade name Type of Vaccine Meningococcal Serogroups Covered
Bexsero® Recombinant B
Menactra® Conjugate A, C, W, Y
MenHibrix® Conjugate C, Y (and Haemophilus influenzae type b [Hib])
Menomune® Polysaccharide A, C, W, Y
Menveo® Conjugate A, C, W, Y
Trumenba® Recombinant B

What You Should Know

About the Disease

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Vaccine Information

The following vaccines help prevent meningococcal disease: meningococcal conjugate, meningococcal polysaccharide, and serogroup B meningococcal vaccines.

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Vaccine Safety

As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or discomfort after meningococcal vaccines.

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Who Should Not Be Vaccinated?

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For Health Professionals

Clinical Information on Meningococcal Disease

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Vaccine Recommendations

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References and Resources

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Provider Education

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Materials for Patients

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