- The meningococcal C conjugate vaccine protects against infection from one of the most common types of meningococcal bacteria, type C.
- It is provided for free as part of your child's routine immunizations.
- Two shots are given to children at 2 and 12 months of age with an additional booster administered in grade six.
- In September 2016, this booster dose of meningococcal C vaccine in grade six will be replaced with a meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine in grade nine. See below for futher information.
- The vaccine is given at the same time as other childhood immunizations.
- For more information about the vaccine, who should get it, the benefits and possible reactions, visit the HealthLink BC File: Meningococcal C Conjugate Vaccine.
- Meningococcal quadrivalent vaccines protect against infection from four types of meningococcal bacteria: types A, C, Y and W-135.
- Meningococcal quadrivalent vaccines are not currently part of the routine immunization program in BC.
- In September 2016, a meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine will be offered to all grade nine students. This vaccine will replace the current meningococcal vaccine program offered in grade six and will provide protection against four strains of meningococcal bacteria, including A, C, Y and 135.
- The vaccine is currently given to persons with medical conditions that put them at a higher risk of infection from meningococcal bacteria.
- The vaccine is also given to close contacts of a person with meningococcal A, Y, or W-135 disease, or who are at risk of infection with these types of meningococcal bacteria during an outbreak (which rarely happens).
- For more information about the vaccine, who should get it, the benefits, and possible reactions, visit the HealthLink BC File: Meningococcal Quadrivalent Vaccines
The Men-B vaccine protects against infection by one of the most common types of meningococcal bacteria, type B. This vaccine is not part of the publicly funded routine schedule of immunizations in B.C. However it is provided free to those 2 months to 55 years of age who have been in close contact with a case of meningococcal B disease.
The Men-B vaccine is recommended, but not provided free, for those who are at risk of meningococcal B infection due to certain medical conditions including:
- no spleen or a spleen that is not working properly;
- immune system disorders including complement, properdin, factor D deficiencies, or primary antibody deficiency.
The vaccine is also recommended, but not provided free for:
- laboratory workers routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria;
- military personnel;
- those traveling to an area where the risk of meningococcal B disease is high.
The vaccine is given by injection as a series of 2, 3 or 4 doses depending upon the age at which the immunization series is started.
People who want to be protected against meningococcal B disease may purchase the vaccine at some travel clinics and pharmacies. For more information about the vaccine, who should get it, the benefits and possible reactions, visit the HealthLink BC File: Meningococcal B Vaccine.