When should my child get the meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine?

Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) is recommended for all children ages 11 to 12, with a booster dose at age 16. This is specifically for the quadrivalent (Menactra or Menveo) vaccine, which protects against types A, C, W and Y.
Your child should get the meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine for protection against bacteria that can cause meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. The vaccine is given to children ages 2 through 10 who have persistent complement component deficiency, anatomic or functional asplenia and certain other conditions placing them at higher risk.

One dose is given at age 7 to 10 to children with these conditions who are considered high risk; those not considered high risk receive one dose at age 11 to 12. A catch-up dose is given at 13 to 18 years.

Talk with your healthcare professional for further guidance.

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Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.

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