Meningococcal Vaccines

There are several different types of meningococcal vaccines, including:

  • Menactra and Menveo – meningococcal conjugate vaccines that protect against serogroups A, C, W, Y
  • Bexsero and Trumenba – meningococcal conjugate vaccines that only  protect against serogroup B
  • Menomune – an older meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine that protects against serogroups A, C, W, Y (discontinued in 2017)
  • MenHibrix – meningococcal conjugate vaccine that only  protect against C, Y and Hib (discontinued in 2016)

Children routinely get their first dose of either Menactra or Menveo when they are 11 to 12 years old and a booster at age 16 years.

MenB vaccines are routinely given during outbreaks on college campuses.
MenB vaccines are routinely given during outbreaks on college campuses.

In addition, “Young adults aged 16 through 23 years (preferred age range is 16 through 18 years) may be vaccinated with either the Bexsero or Trumenba vaccines to provide short-term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease.”

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