Who needs the meningitis shot?

All Children. There are actually 3 meningitis vaccines. Two, Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) (pneumococcal) and hib (haemophilus), are typically given at 2, 4 and 6 months old, with a booster at 15 months old. The Meningococcal vaccine is given at 11 and 16 years old, but is also recommended for younger children if they are considered higher risk.
Kids ages 11 - 18. 2 doses of menigitis shots (meningococcal conjugate vccine mcv4) are recommended for kids 11 - 18, with the 1st at ages 11 or 12, and a booster at 16. If 1st is between 13 & 15, the booster shot is given between 16 and 18. If the first dose is given after the 16th birthday, a booster is not currently recommended. Hiv youth should get 3 shots: 2 doses, 2 months apart at 11 or 12, and 3rd at 16.

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What age do you have to get a meningitis shot?

See below. Which meningitis shot are you referring to? Tis also depends on you health status. Talk to you doc. Read more...
At age 11 & 15. Cdc recommends all children get Meningococcal vaccine (meningitis shot) at age 11 and a booster at between 15 and 18 years of age. Read more...

How frequently do I need to get a meningitis shot?

Meningitis vaccine. The current meningococcal meningitis vaccine is to be boosted at 5 years from the first, or upon leaving for college or military if you are living in a dorm or barracks - whichever comes first. So if you get first dose as recommended at age 11, second dose age 16. If first dose was at 15, then get another one already as you leave for college at age 17-18, even if it hasn't been 5 years. Read more...
What type? The meningococcal meningitis vaccine is recommended for children 11 years old and up, with a booster at age 16 or older. If the first one is given at 16 or later, no booster is recommended. Younger children, or older adults, who have an immune system problem may have it recommended for them. You should ask your/your children's doctor about your specific circumstance. Read more...

How often do I need to get a meningitis shot in order to avoid it?

Depends on risk. Immunity from Meningococcal vaccination probably doesn't last more than 3 years. Whether you should get another vaccine depends on your risk. The cdc website offers recommendations on who should be vaccinated and revaccinated. Read more...

How high is the percent am I covered after having the meningitis shot?

Which vaccine & when. There are 3 vaccines that we consider meningitis vaccines, hemophyllis influenza type b, pneumococcus & meningococcus. Most adults get the meningococcus, which covers for most of the strains involved in meningitis but not all. It provide relatively good antibody production that is considered protective for about 5 years before a booster would be helpful if regular exposure is likely. Read more...

Is it mandatory for you to receive the meningitis shot as a teen in the us?

Interesting question. Some private secondary schools/colleges require this for entrance into their student body. This is primarily to prevent spread of a germ that can transfer easily and attack and kill within 24-48 hours, even if diagnosed and treated.I am not aware of any public schools that make this mandatory but this may vary by institution. Read more...

I had meningitis shot. Can I still contract meningitis. I had shot 3 years ago.

Need booster. The new guidelines requires a booster shot at age 16 if you only have 1 vaccination you need the booster.Sometimes protection can decrease and that's the reason a booster is needed in some vaccines.No vaccine can claim they can protect you 100%. Read more...
Yes you can. "meningitis shot" you received gives protection only for Meningococcal meningitis and sepsis (meningococcemia). Therefore, you can still get pneumococcal or viral meningitis. Read more...

I would like my meningitis shot for college?

Confusing question. You did not specify a question so other than noting the availability of this vaccine, no further answer can be provided. Read more...