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Age as a Risk Factor

Adolescents and young adults 16 through 21 years of age have higher rates of meningococcal disease. For this reason, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends routine vaccination of all persons 11 through 18 years of age with the meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Children 11-12 years of age should visit their health care providers to receive 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine and other preventive services. A booster dose of meningococcal vaccine is recommended at 16 years of age. Learn more about meningococcal vaccination.

To learn more about preteen and adolescent vaccines, visit the vaccine site.

Infants are also at higher risk for meningococcal disease. There are vaccines licensed to prevent meningococcal disease for children as young as 6 weeks of age, but they are only recommended for children with certain medical conditions or who are travelling to specific countries.

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