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Meningococcal Vaccines


Men-C-C (Meningococcal C Conjugate)

  • 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.
  • 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 Men-C-C file


Meningococcal Quadrivalent Vaccines

  • Meningococcal quadrivalent vaccines protect against infection from four types of meningococcal bacteria: types A, C, Y and W-135
  • Meningococcal quadrivalent vaccines are not part of the routine immunization program in BC
  • The vaccine is 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)
  • The vaccine is approved for use in those over two years of age
  • One shot is given to the persons listed above
  • For more information about the vaccine, who should get it, the benefits, and possible reactions, visit BC HealthFile 23b - Meningococcal Quadrivalent Vaccines


Last Updated: August 21, 2014