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What metals does the meningococcal vaccine have?

What metals does the meningococcal vaccine have?

All but 1 have none: Mcv4-menactra, menveo, menhibrix, and single dose menomune-a/c/y/w-135 all have no metal ingredients. Only the multi dose vial of menomune-a/c/y/w-135 has thimerosal preservative--mercury is considered a metal. Also, unlike popular press, one cannot get meningitis from these vaccines--they only have killed partial particles. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Does the meningococcal vaccine include a three shot series?

Does the meningococcal vaccine include a three shot series?

No: Dr degraw's answer is correct, but recently there is a formal recommendation for a booster shot to be given in teens 5 years or so after the first vaccination. ...Read more

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Is the meningococcal vaccine safe for children under 3?

Is the meningococcal vaccine safe for children under 3?

CDC recomendations: The cdc has recommended the use of the Meningococcal vaccine as early as 9 months to kids with specific medical risk factors. (traveling in endemic areas, immune issues)its use between 2 -10 years has also been recommended for kids with a broader group of medical conditions. It is considered as safe & effective but the child may need booster shots to maintain protective effect when older. ...Read more

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I was wondering does the meningococcal vaccine shot hurt?

I was wondering does the meningococcal vaccine shot hurt?

It is a shot: It does not hurt much it is a shot I the arm and you feel a little pain when stuck but pain is minimal and does not persist HURTS LIKE ANY OTHER SHOT ...Read more

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How effective is the meningococcal vaccine?

How effective is the meningococcal vaccine?

70-85%: Depending upon which vaccine strain you are talking about, a single dose will create a seroresponse (or documented immune response) roughly 70-85% of the time. When used broadly, this will translate to an 85-100% efficacy in reducing infection rates in kids. Currently, the CDC now recommends a second dose - after the second there is almost 95-100% response with very high titers. ...Read more

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What are some pros and cons of the meningococcal vaccine ?

What are some pros and cons of the meningococcal vaccine ?

Not autism!: The vaccine-autism myth is definitely not a consideration. The downside of avoiding the vaccine, as is the case with all vaccines, is the disease. The risk of getting the disease is far worse than the vaccine, for sure. Meningitis can be fatal, and is highly contagious. So avoiding the vaccine puts the whole family, or even the whole dormitory at risk! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

What are the side effects of the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

VACCINE: SIDE EFFECT: Meningococcal vaccine: current recommendation: 1st dose at 11 years and booster 5 years later. New recommendation is coming to start at two years or as early as 2 mo age in susceptible children, 2 to 4 doses. Side effects: like all other vaccines, some malaise, mild headache, low grade fever, localized redness lasting 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Do you think teens need a meningococcal vaccine?

Do you think  teens need a meningococcal vaccine?

Yes: Teenagers are one of the peak risk age brackets for Meningococcal meningitis. Although only several dozen americna teens die or get serious infections every year, the disease attacks very quick and is devastating. Often the illness kills or maimed before children can receive treatment. The vaccine is safe and effective and that makes it highly worthwhile... ...Read more

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How often should you get the meningococcal vaccine?

How often should you get the meningococcal vaccine?

Lasts 4 to 5 years: The benefits of the shot last 4 or 5 years. ...Read more

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Is the meningococcal vaccine a three shot?

No it is one shot: It is a single shot but you may need booster to keep immunity ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more