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:
Some of the complications of meningococcal infections may include:
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:
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:
The meningococcal conjugate vaccine may also be recommended for those who are at high risk for meningococcal disease. This includes people that:
If you or your child have a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before receiving 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.
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