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Meningococcal Vaccines

Meningococcal C Conjugate Vaccine

The meningococcal C conjugate vaccine protects against infection from one of the most common types of meningococcal bacteria, type C. The vaccine is part of BC's routine immunization schedule and is provided to children at 2 and 12 months of age. 

For more information regarding eligibility, guidelines for use and contraindications, please refer to the BC Immunization Manual, Part 4 - Biological Products, Meningococcal Vaccines, Meningococcal C Conjugate Vaccine.

Meningococcal Quadrivalent Conjugate Vaccine

The meningococcal quadrivalent conjugate vaccine protects against infection from four types of meningococcal bacteria: types A, C, Y and W-135. The vaccine is part of BC's routine immunization schedule and is given to grade 9 students.

The vaccine is also given to:

  • persons with medical conditions that put them at a higher risk of infection from meningococcal bacteria.
  • close contacts of a person with meningococcal A, Y, or W-135 disease, or those who are at risk of infection with these types of meningococcal bacteria during an outbreak.

For more information regarding eligibility, guidelines for use and contraindications, please refer to the BC Immunization Manual, Part 4 - Biological Products, Meningococcal Vaccines, Meningococcal Quadrivalent Conjugate Vaccines (Groups A, C, Y W-135).

For more information about the grade 9 meningococcal vaccine program please refer to the following resource:  

Meningococcal B (Men-B) Vaccine

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 immunization schedule in B.C.  However it is provided free to those 2 months of age and older 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: 

  • functional or anatomical asplenia, including sickle cell disease;  
  • immune system disorders including complement, properdin, factor D, or primary antibody deficiencies.  

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 as a series of 2, 3 or 4 doses depending upon the age at which the immunization series is started. 

For more information regarding eligibility, guidelines for use and contraindications, please refer to the BC Immunization Manual, Part 4 - Biological Products, Meningococcal Vaccines, Meningococcal B Vaccine.

People who want to be protected against meningococcal B disease may purchase the vaccine at some travel clinics and pharmacies.  

For more information:

Canadian Immunization Guide:

National Advisory Committee on Immunization:

HealthLinkBC Files:

Immunization Schedules

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