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How many doses of meningococcal vaccine are needed

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
1 or 2: Well, there is a small discrepancy right now. The cdc, the people who recommend how to get shots, recommends that kids 11-18 need two doses. One at 11yo and one aft 16yo. But, the fda has not approved either brand, Menveo or menactra, to be given that way. Both are only approved as a one dose vaccine. This will clear up soon and every kid will get 2 doses, and you can do that now off fda label.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
How old are you?: One usually given in childhood; then second end of high school / @ college entry. Lasts 10-15 years, so if working with high risk populations (kids/teens/young adults), could get booster in 35-ish age.

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