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Meningococcal Vaccination

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

At a Glance

Meningococcal vaccination

Meningococcal vaccines protect against most types of meningococcal disease, although they do not prevent all cases. There are two kinds of vaccines that protect against Neisseria meningitidis available in the United States: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Menomune®), and meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra®, Menveo® and MenHibrix®).

 

Recent Meningococcal Disease Outbreaks in the News

Two U.S. universities are experiencing unrelated outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease. Learn more about each of these outbreaks:

 

What You Should Know

About the Disease

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Vaccine Information

Meningococcal disease can be prevented by the following vaccines: meningococcal conjugate and meningococcal polysaccharide.

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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 a vague feeling of discomfort.

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Who Should Not be Vaccinated?

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For Health Professionals

Clinical Information on Meningococcal

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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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