How many meningitis B shots are required?

Healthy adolescents who are not at increased risk for meningococcal B disease should receive 2 doses of Trumenba (MenB-FHbp) administered at 0 and 6 months. If the second dose is given at an interval of less than 6 months, a third dose should be given at least 4 months after the 2nd dose.

Is MCV4 the same as meningitis B vaccine?

The MenB vaccines prevent the Meningococcal B strain. MCV4 is preferred for people age 55 and younger. The recommendation for teens is one dose at age 11 and one dose at age 16.

How far apart are the meningitis B vaccines?

The minimum interval between doses is at least 8 weeks. For patients at prolonged increased risk for meningococcal disease, CDC recommends MenACWY booster doses after completion of the primary series. For patients who received their most recent dose before age 7 years, administer the booster dose 3 years later.

What is meningitis type B?

Meningococcal group B disease (also known as meningitis B) is an uncommon but serious disease that is caused by a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It can also cause a severe infection of the blood called meningococcal septicemia.

Is meningitis B vaccine required for college students?

CDC recommends a meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine for first-year college students living in residence halls. If they received it before their 16th birthday, they need a booster shot for maximum protection before going to college.

At what age is meningococcal vaccine given?

CDC recommends routine meningococcal conjugate vaccination for: All preteens and teens at 11 to 12 years old with a booster dose at 16 years old.

Why do college students get meningitis B?

Essentially, meningitis is more common in college students because of the nature of the setting. The young adults can’t escape large groups of people with constant close contact and proximity. Meningitis infection requires shared respiratory and throat secretions.

Can you still get meningitis If you’ve been vaccinated?

Like with any vaccine, these vaccines do not work 100% of the time. The vaccines also do not protect against infections from all the types (strains) of each of these bacteria. For these reasons, there is still a chance vaccinated people can develop bacterial meningitis.

Why shouldn’t I get the meningitis vaccine?

You shouldn’t get either type of meningococcal vaccine if you: Are moderately or seriously ill; wait until you recover. Have had a serious allergic reaction (called anaphylaxis) to a previous dose. Had a severe reaction to any part of the vaccine.

How is meningitis B transmitted?

People spread meningococcal bacteria to other people by sharing respiratory and throat secretions (saliva or spit). Generally, it takes close (for example, coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact to spread these bacteria. Fortunately, they are not as contagious as germs that cause the common cold or the flu.

What happens if you get meningitis B?

The bacteria that cause meningitis B can also cause septicemia, a bloodstream infection also known as blood poisoning. When not treated swiftly, meningitis B can cause serious complications, including deafness, the need for amputation, and death. Some people experience severe side effects or death even when treated.

Should my teenager get the meningitis B vaccine?

CDC does not routinely recommend a MenB vaccine for all teens and young adults. However, all teens may get vaccinated, preferably at 16 to 18 years old. Serogroup B meningococcal disease is relatively rare. Outbreaks have occurred at several U.S. colleges during the past decade.