Meningitis B Vaccination
If my child has already been vaccinated for Meningitis, why do they need Meningitis B vaccination?
Most cases of meningococcal disease, including meningitis, are caused by 5 subtypes of bacteria. The MCV-4 vaccine includes 4 of those 5. Now scientists have developed a new vaccine, Men B, which protects against the 5th type.
Why isn’t Meningococcal B vaccine required?
Meningococcal B disease is less common than meningococcal disease from other subtypes of bacteria. The Meningococcal B vaccine is also very costly to produce (although with insurance and state vaccine programs, it does not cost recipients more than any other vaccine). Consequently, the vaccine is recommended, but not yet required.
Who is at risk from meningococcal disease?
Anyone can be infected with meningococcal disease. Adolescents and young adults are less likely than infants to be infected, but they are more likely to die from the infection. Although college students in general are not at a higher risk than other persons of the same age, there have been 3 outbreaks - and 2 deaths- on college campuses since 2008.
What are the side effects of Meningococcal B vaccine?
The most common side effect of the vaccine is redness and tenderness at the injection site. Other side effects can include tiredness or fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain, fever or chills, and nausea or diarrhea.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.