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Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Conjugate in theory: Conjugating the Meningococcal capsule polysaccharide to a protein backbone makes it useful in children less than 2years and facilitates immunologic memory but there are no head to head efficacy trials.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Conjugate Vaccine: It is considered that conjugate vaccine provides better long term protection as compared to Polysachride Vaccine due to the mechanism by which antibody response occurs. Plysacchride Vaccine does not provide same level of Herd Immunityas is provided by Conjugate Vaccine

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