Meningococcal Virus

Prevents Meningitis, Meningococcemia, and Septicemia

Age Given/Circumstances Given

Meningococcal vaccine is usually given from ages 11-18. Also, it is recommended for freshmen in college, military recruits, people 2 years or older with damaged or missing spleen and people traveling to sub-Saharan Africa.

Symptoms and Side Effects


The symptoms of meningitis are fever, chills, mental status changes, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, severe headaches, and stiff neck.


If untreated, death is very likely with meningitis. But if treated, death is much less common (only 10-20%)

Side Effects of Meningococcal Vaccine

Brief fainting, jerking or seizure-like motions, sitting or lying down for 15 minutes after shot, redness or pain where shot was given, and sometimes fever are possible side effect of the Meningococcal Vaccine.