Vaccine - Meningitis - MenB-4C - Bexsero

This vaccine decreases the risk of getting a group B meningococcal infection in the blood or lining of the spinal cord and brain.

This vaccine decreases the risk of getting a group B meningococcal infection in the blood or lining of the spinal cord and brain.

Meningococcal meningitis is a serious bacterial infection of the lining around the spinal cord and brain. It is one of the main causes of bacterial meningitis in infants and adolescents. Some of the symptoms of meningococcal meningitis may include:

  • High fever
  • Severe headaches
  • Stiff neck

The group B meningococcal vaccine helps protect you or your child from this infection.

Some of the complications of meningococcal infections may include:

  • A serious infection in the blood (meningococcal septicemia)
  • Loss of an arm or leg
  • Damage to the nervous system
  • Hearing loss
  • Changes in vision
  • Developmental and intellectual disabilities
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Shock, stroke and death

A meningococcal infection can progress rapidly and may cause death within hours.

This care path is for one of the two vaccines that protect against a specific type of bacteria that can cause meningitis (group B). Both vaccines can be used in those age ten and older.

  • MenB-FHbp (Trumenba) vaccine requires three doses for children and adults who are at increased risk of group B meningococcal disease. Teens and young adults ages sixteen through twenty-three who aren't at high risk need two doses.
  • MenB-4C (Bexsero) vaccine requires two doses.This care path is for the MenB-4c (Bexsero) vaccine.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that children and adults age ten and older, who are at high risk of group B meningococcal disease, be vaccinated against group B meningococcal disease. This includes those who:

  • Have conditions that affect their immune system and lead to difficulty fighting infection
  • Do not have a spleen or have a spleen that isn't functioning properly
  • Take the medication eculizumab (Soliris)
  • Work in a lab where he or she may be exposed to the bacteria
  • Live where there is an outbreak of group B meningococcal disease

The vaccine may also be given for short-term protection against group B meningococcal disease in teens and young adults sixteen through twenty-three years of age who are not at high risk.

  • If you or your child has a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before receiving the vaccine.
  • You should not receive the vaccine at all if you have a serious allergy or reaction to any of the components of the vaccine.

You should contact your healthcare provider if you or your child are not up to date on your meningococcal vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about this vaccine.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for me or my child? Why?
  • What is the difference between this vaccine and the other meningococcal vaccine?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if we do not get the vaccine?


Also known as:

Immunization Meningitis
Immunization Meningococcal
Meningitis Immunization
Meningitis Shot
Meningitis Vaccine
Meningococcal Immunization
Meningococcal Shot
Meningococcal Vaccine
Vaccine - Meningitis
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