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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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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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Is it possible for an adult of age 24 to need the meningococcal vaccine?

Is it possible for an adult of age 24 to need the meningococcal vaccine?

Yes: If the 24 year old is attending college or graduate school, especially if living in a dormitory, and hasn't had a meningitis vaccine after the age of 16, this would be necessary. Other possible reasons would be: having an immune system problem and certain travel. ...Read more

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What to do if i got a meningococcal vaccine yesterday and am wondering if it's contagious to babies?

What to do if i got a meningococcal vaccine yesterday and am wondering if it's contagious to babies?

No Need to worry: The Meningococcal vaccines are made up of lab synthesized material that can trick the immune system into making antibodies.It is not living and nothing in the vaccine would make you contagious to others. The Meningococcal germ itself can rarely infect babies & there are vaccines that provide some protection from some strains in infants. The benefit to infants is not as strong as for adults. ...Read more

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Prescription needed for meningococcal vaccine for college?

Prescription needed for meningococcal vaccine for college?

See below: A prescription is not needed. Vaccine can be obtained from your provider, health department, or maybe student health. ...Read more

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Who should not receive meningococcal vaccine?

Who should not receive meningococcal vaccine?

Almost No-one: The only contraindications are if you have had an allergic reaction to the Meningococcal vaccine previously or if you are moderately to severely ill. ...Read more

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How many doses of meningococcal vaccine are needed

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. ...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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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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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