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...
You tell me. As a resident I watched a 10 yo go from normal the night before to coming into the hospital when he wouldn't wake up.He died within hours in spite of all the antibiotics we pumped into him from the germ this vaccine can prevent. The germ is nicknamed "the black death" for the bruised rash many get before they die. Could you live with this if you ignored the chance to prevent it.
Yes. A proven safe , effective vaccine vs a life threatening disease? Should there really be a question here?

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Have you given all teens the meningococcal vaccine?

We offerred. Parent/patient acceptance varies on vaccines like this that are not always part of the state or school requirements for attendance. The staff and I offer and try to educate, but not all will take advantage of the vaccine.I find it sad, having witnessed a patient's death within 24hrs of first symptoms. Read more...

Is the meningococcal vaccine a three shot?

No. The recommendations are complicated, but none recommend a three dose series. Some children and adults need two doses as part of their primary vaccination series, others need just one. If an individual remains at risk for exposure to meningococcus, then a booster every 5 years is recommended. Read more...
No it is one shot. It is a single shot but you may need booster to keep immunity. Read more...

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...
See below. This vaccine is about 90% effective in preventing menigococcal disease. Read more...

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...

What are some dangers of the meningococcal vaccine?

Allergic reaction/f. Like with any vaccine one can get mild to severe allergic reaction to Meningococcal vaccine, mild redness or slight pain at the site of injection, a small percentage develope fever which goes awau in 48 hours severe ractions are very rare and most reactions are mold there have been some reports of guillen barre syndrome but it is so rare that no one is convinced that vaccine is causing it. Read more...

What are the risks from meningococcal vaccine?

Minimal. More common side effects include irritation at injection site, and less commonly, fever. As with all immunizations, allergic reaction is a rare, but real possibility. Guillian-barre is a rare, but serious neurologic reaction to some immunizations. Immunizations are a controversial topic. Do your due diligence and then make a decision if immunizing is right for you. Don't just follow the herd. Read more...
See below. The most serious risk is a severe allergic reaction which is very rare. The most common side effect is a case of redness at the site of injection. The effects of meningitis are catastrophic, so i would urge you to get the vaccination. Read more...

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...

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...