Meningococcal bacteria are common. They live in the back of the nose and throat in about 1 in 5 people. Usually, the bacteria do not make people sick. However, in some cases the bacteria can cause serious illness.
The Meningococcal Conjugate-ACYW-135 (Men-C-ACYW) vaccine helps to protect against disease caused by four types of this bacteria.
The bacteria spreads through close contact with saliva, usually through:
The earliest signs are:
Other signs might include:
Symptoms can become serious and life-threatening very quickly, sometimes within hours.
You should vaccinate your child because:
Note: This vaccine is different from the meningococcal-C vaccine given at one year of age.
Students should see their doctor for possible vaccination if they have:
This vaccine is required by law. Students who are not vaccinated can be suspended from school. Your student could be at risk of getting meningitis if you decide not to vaccinate.