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Adult Meningococcal Vaccine: Guidelines, Side Effects, Benefits

Adult Meningococcal Vaccine: Guidelines, Side Effects, Benefits

Meningococcal Vaccine for Adults

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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:

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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