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A 37-year-old member asked:

how often can you need the meningitis vaccine?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 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 28 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

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you contract meningitis from a meningitis vaccine?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: No, both brands, Menveo and Menactra for Meningococcal disease as well as prevnr and pedvax/acthib for other types of disease are all dead vaccines. There is zero risk of getting the infection from these vaccines. Period...
A 34-year-old member asked:

How often should you get the meningitis vaccine and are there any boosters?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: Current recommendation is for the first Menactra vaccine at 11 years of age and a booster at 16 years of age.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it a bad idea to kiss someone if you've never got a meningitis vaccine?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No: While i'm all in favor of vaccines, i would never tell someone to avoid kissing for that reason. You're very unlikely to get mengiococcal disease by kissing someone.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there any reason to get the meningitis vaccine twice?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: The protective antibody level after the "meningitis" shot wears off with time. To prolong the duration of protection, a booster shot becomes necessary.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How often can you need to receive the meningitis vaccine?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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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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