Meningococcal Vaccine for Adults
In this article
- Which adults should receive the meningococcal vaccine?
- Are there any adults who should not get the meningococcal vaccine?
- How and when should you receive the meningococcal vaccine?
- Are there any dangers or side effects associated with the meningococcal vaccine?
How and when should you receive the meningococcal vaccine?
You receive the MCV4 as a single dose, injected into a muscle. You receive the MPSV4 as a single dose injected under the skin.
In most cases, adults only need one dose. But if you remain at risk, you may need a booster.
Are there any dangers or side effects associated with the meningococcal vaccine?
Neither vaccine can cause meningococcal disease.
If you have a reaction to the meningococcal shot, it will most likely be mild. Side effects may include:
- Mild pain and redness at the injection site
- Slight fever
In rare cases, a meningococcal vaccine may cause a severe allergic reaction. Signs of this include:
- Hoarseness, wheezing, trouble breathing, or swallowing
- Hives, itching, skin warmth, or redness
- Stomachcramps, diarrhea, or vomiting
- Anxiety or headache
- Weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness
People have reported developing Guillain-Barré syndrome after having the MCV4. This may lead to symptoms such as a tingling or numbing sensation, and muscle weakness.
If you have any signs of a severe reaction:
- Call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.
- Describe when you had the vaccine and what happened.
- Have a health care professional report the reaction.
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