Vaccine - Meningitis - Convenient Care Clinic

This is a vaccine that decreases your risk of getting a meningococcal infection in the blood or lining of the spinal cord and brain.

This is a vaccine that decreases your risk of getting a 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

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

In some cases, a meningococcal infection may progress rapidly, and may cause death within hours. The meningococcal conjugate vaccine helps protect you and your child from this infection.

There are two different types of vaccines to prevent bacterial meningitis. This care path includes the costs for one of the conjugate vaccines, which protect against four common types of Neisseria meningitides. They include:

  • MCV4 (Menveo), which may be used in children and adolescents age two months and older.
  • MPSV4 (Menactra), which may be used for those age 9 months and older.

There are also two inactivated meningococcal vaccines that protect against serogroup B Neisseria meningitides. Those vaccines can be used in those age 10 and older and include MenB-FHbp (Trumenba) and MenB-4C (Bexsero).

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children get the meningococcal conjugate vaccine:

  • Between eleven and twelve years of age
  • Booster at sixteen years of age

The meningococcal conjugate vaccine may also be recommended for those who are at high risk for meningococcal disease. This includes people that:

  • Spend a lot of time with a large groups of people (e.g., living in a college dormitory or military barracks)
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Travel to certain foreign countries

If you or your child have 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, and why?
  • 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:

Vaccine Meningococcal
Vaccine Meningitis
Meningococcal Vaccine
Meningococcal Shot
Meningococcal Immunization
Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Meningitis Vaccine
Meningitis Shot
Meningitis Immunization
Immunization Meningococcal
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