What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that can cause blood infections and lead to bacterial meningitis.  Meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord.

Why get vaccinated?

Many people who get the disease die from it, and many other are affected for life.  This is why prevention through vaccination is important.

Who should get vaccinated?

  • College freshman living in dormitories
  • Laboratory personnel who are routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria
  • U.S. military recruits
  • Anyone traveling to, or living in, a part of the world where meningococcal disease is common
  • Anyone who has a damaged spleen, or whose spleen has been removed
  • People with certain immune system disorders
  • People who might have been exposed to meningitis during an outbreak

What do you need to know about the meningococcal vaccine?

There are two vaccines:
  1. The meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4)
  2. The meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4)

The MCV4 vaccine is the preferred vaccine for people < 55 years of age.  The MPSV4 vaccine is only recommended for people > 55 years of age.

How can you learn more?

  • Please feel free to speak with one of our pharmacists
  •  Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent ion (CDC):
    o Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) or
    o Visit CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov