MCV4 the Meningococcal Vaccine

Kate and Stephen

Diseases Prevented

MCV4 prevents most types of meningococcal.

Age/ Circumstances

If the first dose (or series) is given between 13 and 15 years of age, the booster should be given between 16 and 18. If the first dose (or series) is given after the 16th birthday, a booster is not needed.

Symptoms of Disease

Out of the 1000 to 1200 people who get a meningococcal disease 10 to 15% of these people die. Of those who live, another 11% to 19% lose their arms or legs, have problems with their nervous systems, become deaf or mentally retarded, or suffer seizures or strokes.

Possible Side Effects

Brief fainting spells and related symptoms (such as jerking or seizure-like movements) can follow a vaccination. Also half the people who get meningococcal vaccines have mild side effects, such as redness or pain where the shot was given.