Ask the VEC: Types of Meningococcal Vaccines

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Q. What are the different meningococcal vaccines and who should get them?

A. There are two different meningococcal vaccines:

  • Meningococcal ACYW-135 vaccine — This vaccine protects recipients from four of the five types of meningococcus. It has been available for several years and is recommended for adolescents around 11 to 12 years of age with a booster dose at 16 years of age. Colleges and universities often require it as a prerequisite to attendance.
  • Meningococcal B vaccine — This vaccine is newer and protects against the fifth type of meningococcus, type B. It is recommended for all 16- to 18-year-olds, and is available as either a two-dose or three-dose vaccine, depending on which product is used.

Others may also be recommended to receive either or both vaccines based on their occupation, medical conditions or other factors.

Check out A Look at Each Vaccine: Meningococcal Vaccine for more information.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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