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The MenconC vaccine protects against meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis type C bacteria.
This vaccine is given to children starting at age 4 months.
You may also get this vaccine after close contact with someone with type C meningococcal disease.
Children need 2 doses which are usually given at ages 4 and 12 months.
Fewer doses are needed if immunization is started after age 12 months. Delaying this immunization is not recommended because infants have a high risk of this disease.
If you’re getting this vaccine because you had contact with someone with type C meningococcal disease your healthcare provider will tell you how many doses you need.
MenC-ACYW is a vaccine that protects against types A, C, Y, and W-135 meningococcal disease. It’s given to Grade 9 students to boost protection for type C and to add protection for types A, Y, and W-135 meningococcal disease. You may also get this vaccine if you travel to an area that has a high risk of meningococcal disease or have other health problems.
Children who get MenC-ACYW don’t need MenconC.
Men-B is a vaccine that protects against type B meningococcal disease. You may also need this vaccine along with the MenC-ACYW vaccine if you have certain types of health problems.
Protection for type C meningococcal disease with the MenconC vaccine is about 97% for healthy infants.
It’s important to get the 12-month booster dose because protection weakens over time.
You can get this vaccine at a public health office in your area.
There can be side effects from the MenconC vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
It’s important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you’ll get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
You can still have the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you’ve had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
What is meningococcal disease?
Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria. It can lead to a serious infection of the blood or fluid and lining that cover the brain and spinal cord (called meningitis).
Who’s most at risk?
You’re most at risk of a meningococcal infection if you:
How does it spread?
Meningococcal disease spreads through saliva during kissing or sharing food, toys, or water bottles with someone who has the disease.
Some people don’t have symptoms, but can still spread the disease.
Current as of: August 11, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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