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Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination

Who Should Get Vaccinated?

Teens and young adults are at the highest risk for meningococcal meningitis.1

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 2 doses of meningococcal conjugate for adolescents 11 through 18 years of age.2
    • First dose at 11 or 12 years of age, with a booster dose at age 16
    • If the first dose is given between 13 and 15 years of age, the booster should be given between 16 and 18

Getting your child vaccinated is the best way to help protect preteens from meningococcal meningitis.2 Meningitis vaccines are available for people who wish to reduce their risk of contracting the disease.2

Get Vaccinated Right Away

Now that you know how dangerous meningococcal disease is, take action right away. Ask your child’s school nurse about meningitis prevention or call your health care provider to schedule a vaccination appointment.

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  1. Atkinson W, Wolfe S, Hamborsky J, McIntyre L, eds. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (The Pink Book). 12th ed. Washington DC: Public Health Foundation; 2011.
  2. CDC. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years and adults aged 19 years and older—United States, 2013. MMWR. 2013;62(suppl):1-19.
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