Which vaccine is better to get: the meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or the meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Conjugate Vaccine. It is considered that conjugate vaccine provides better long term protection as compared to Polysachride Vaccine due to the mechanism by which antibody response occurs. Plysacchride Vaccine does not provide same level of Herd Immunityas is provided by Conjugate Vaccine.

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Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Conjugate in theory. Conjugating the Meningococcal capsule polysaccharide to a protein backbone makes it useful in children less than 2years and facilitates immunologic memory but there are no head to head efficacy trials. Read more...

At what age do babies/children get the meningococcal vaccine?

Menactra. is a meningococcal vaccine generally administered at 11 or 12 years of age, with a booster at 16-18 years. Read more...
At 11-12 and boost16. Children are recommended to have ist dose at 11to12 years and booster dose at 16. Read more...

Does the meningococcal vaccine include a three shot series?

No. Not as of now. The Meningococcal vaccine Menveo (merck) is fda approved as a one dose series for 11-18year olds, and aged 2-55years if high risk for disease. Menactra is approved as a one dose series for the same and as a two dose series for kids 9-12 months. Possibly one or both will be approved soon for infants 0-24 months as a 2 or 3 dose series, but not yet. Read more...
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...

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...

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...