Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
Teens and young adults are at increased risk for meningococcal meningitis.1
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 2 doses of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine for adolescents 11 through 18 years of age.2
- The first dose should be given at 11 or 12 years of age, followed by a booster dose at age 16
- If the first dose is given at 13 through 15 years of age, the booster should be given at 16 through 18 years of age
Getting your child vaccinated is the best way to help protect preteens and teens from meningococcal disease.3 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.