Meningococcal Vaccine

Menomune (Sanofi)

Menactra (Sanofi)

Menveo (Novartis)

Type:

Bacterial polysaccharide

Pregnancy risk:

None

Breast feeding risk:

None

Recommended for:

Travelers to ‘meningitis belt’ of Africa
Travelers to Saudi Arabia
Travelers to areas of active epidemics
Travelers in crowded settings of hostels, dormitories, refugee camps, hospitals etc

Contraindications:

Allergy to previous dose

Prior episode of Guillain Barre Syndrome

Current moderate-severe illness

Side-effects:

Pain at injection site, mild flu like symptoms

Dosing:

Amount: 0.5 ml (cc)
Route: subcutaneous injection
Number of doses: 1
Schedule:
one dose and repeat every 3 years if at risk

Timing:

2 weeks before trip

Can take with other vaccines and antibiotics

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