Meningococcal and the Vaccine to Prevent It

What is Meningococcal?

How do you get Meningococcal Disease?

Why does my child need Meningococcal Vaccines?

When should my child be vaccinated?

Meningococcal Vaccine is safe.

The Meningococcal shots are safe and effective at preventing meningococcal disease. Vaccines like any medication can have side effects. These are usually mild and go away on their own.

What are the side effects?

About half of people who get a MenACWY vaccine have mild side effects following vaccination:

These reactions usually get better on their own within 1 to 2 days, but serious reactions are possible.

Following a MenB shot, more than half of people who get the vaccine will have mild problems:

These reactions usually get better on their own within 3 to 5 days, but serious reactions are possible. Note that teens can get both meningococcal vaccines during the same visit but in different arms.

Some preteens and teens might faint after getting a meningococcal vaccine or any other shot.

***Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse about meningococcal vaccines, or  visit*** www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/vaccine-info.html