According to the ACIPa and American Academy of Pediatrics1,2:
- Adolescents should be routinely immunized at 11 or 12 years of age and given a booster dose at 16 years of age with a quadrivalent conjugate meningococcal vaccine
- Adolescents who received their first dose at 13-15 years should receive a booster at 16-18 years of age
- Adolescents who receive their first dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine at or after 16 years of age do not need a booster dose
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR MENACTRA VACCINE
Menactra vaccine is contraindicated in persons with a known hypersensitivity (eg, anaphylaxis) to any component of the vaccine.
Persons previously diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) may be at increased risk of GBS following receipt of Menactra vaccine. GBS has been reported in temporal relationship following administration of Menactra vaccine. The decision to give Menactra vaccine should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.
Syncope (fainting) can occur in association with administration of injectable vaccines, including Menactra vaccine. Procedures should be in place to prevent falling injury and manage syncopal reactions.
The most common local and systemic adverse reactions to Menactra vaccine include pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site and appetite loss (all age groups); induration at the injection site and diarrhea (all age groups except infants); irritability and drowsiness (infants and children); abnormal crying, vomiting, and fever (infants); headache, fatigue, malaise, and arthralgia (adolescents and adults). Other adverse reactions may occur. Vaccination with Menactra vaccine may not protect all individuals.
INDICATION FOR MENACTRA VACCINE
Menactra vaccine is indicated for active immunization to prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135. Menactra vaccine is approved for use in individuals 9 months through 55 years of age. Menactra vaccine does not prevent N meningitidis serogroup B disease.
Before administering Menactra vaccine, please see accompanying full Prescribing Information.
- 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevention and control of meningococcal disease: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR. 2013;62(RR-2):1-28. 2. Committee on Infectious Diseases. Meningococcal conjugate vaccines policy update: booster dose recommendations. Pediatrics. 2011;128(6):1213-1218.