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The MenC-ACYW vaccine protects against 4 types of
Neisseria meningitidis bacteria that cause meningococcal disease. These are types A, C, Y, and W-135 meningococcal disease.
Grade 9 students get the MenC-ACYW vaccine in school. Students who missed getting the MenC-ACYW vaccine in Grade 9 can get it for free until the end of Grade 12.
If your child had the MenC-ACYW vaccine when they were age 12 years or older, they don’t need another dose in Grade 9.
You should also get this vaccine if you’re at risk for meningococcal disease because of:
Talk to a public health nurse to find out if you can get the MenC-ACYW vaccine for free.
You may also benefit from the vaccine if you travel to an area that has a high risk of meningococcal disease. If you’re getting the vaccine because of travel, it’s not free.
If you can’t get the vaccine for free, check with your health insurance provider to see if your plan covers the cost.
You only need 1 dose of MenC-ACYW unless you have a high risk for disease. If your risk is high, you may need extra doses.
Ask your healthcare provider how many doses you need.
MenconC is a vaccine that babies get to protect them against type C meningococcal disease. If your child had MenconC vaccine as a baby, they still need MenC-ACYW vaccine in Grade 9. This will boost their protection against type C meningococcal disease and protect them from types A, Y, and W-135.
Men-B is a vaccine that protects against type B meningococcal disease. You may also need this vaccine along with the MenC-ACYW if you have certain types of health problems.
The protection for types A, C, Y, and W-135 meningococcal disease with the MenC-ACYW vaccine is around 80% to 85%. Protection may weaken over time.
Grade 9 students can get the vaccine in school. Parents and guardians will get information about meningococcal disease and the vaccine. If you want your child to get the vaccine in school, you must fill out the consent form and return it to the school.
If you need the vaccine because of your work (such as some lab workers), talk to your workplace health and safety department.
If you can get this vaccine for free, contact the public health office in your area.
If you want the vaccine and need to pay for it, contact a travel health clinic (such as AHS Travel Health Services) or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
There can be side effects from the MenC-ACYW vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
It’s important to stay for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect after a vaccine. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
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 have 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 fluid and lining that cover the brain and spinal cord (called meningitis) or blood.
Who’s most at risk?
You’re most at risk of a serious infection if you:
How does it 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.
Go to the
Neisseria meningitidis page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more about meningococcal disease.
Current as of: August 7, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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