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.

In addition, “Young adults aged 16 through 23 years (preferred age range is 16 through 18 years) may be vaccinated with either a 2-dose series of Bexsero or a 3-dose series of Trumenba vaccine to provide short-term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. ”

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Updated February 7, 2018

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