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A 44-year-old member asked:

How often can you need to receive the meningitis vaccine?

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Dr. Scott Diede
A Verified Doctoranswered
30 years experience
Depends on age..: For adolescents who receive the first dose at age 13-15 years, a one-time booster dose should be administered, preferably at age 16 through 18 years. Adolescents who receive their first dose of mcv4 at or after age 16 years do not need a booster dose. Certain high risk adults should be vaccinated and receive a booster, see: http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate-hcp.Htm.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How often can you need the meningitis vaccine?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 46 years experience
If Ongoing Risk: If ongoing risk, booste dose is repeated in 5 years. Who should get vaccine? -live in a dorm -traveling to meningitis belt in africa or to mecca -those in military -those with weak immune system (terminal complement deficiency) or immunosuppressant drugs - those whose spleens have been removed surgically - those exposed in a meningitis outbreak -adolescents & teens between 11 - 18 years of age.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
This can also be a problem in the sexually active gay community. There are occasional warnings in some communities that all sexually active gay men in a certain community get this vaccine as well.
Jul 1, 2013
Last updated Apr 16, 2013

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