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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

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 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 HealthLinkBC Men-B health file.  

Last Updated: December 17, 2014