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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can i still get meningococcal disease if i've had the men c vaccine?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Yes: The Meningococcal vaccine protects against 4 subtypes of the virus (a, c, y, and w-135). It does not protect against subtype b, which causes about one third of all meningococcus cases in the us. No vaccine is 100% effective. A vaccine's effectiveness also depends on a person's immune response to the vaccine. But just because a vaccine isn't completely effective is no reason to avoid getting it.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
Yes: There are other serotypes other than type c....A, b, y, and w135 in particular.

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Could i get meningococcal disease if i've had a men c vaccine?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: There are other strains that cause Meningococcal disease and the vaccine may only provide partial resistance to the germs of type c.

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Last updated Nov 23, 2016

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