The meningococcal (say "muh-nin-juh-KAW-kul") shot protects your child against a type of bacteria that causes meningitis and blood infections (sepsis).
If your child has a damaged or missing spleen or has certain immune system problems, he or she may need a booster dose every few years. Talk with your doctor about when your child needs a booster shot.
Children at high risk include those with missing or damaged spleens, those with certain immune system problems, and children who travel to areas where meningitis is common.
The shot may cause pain in the area where the shot is given. It may also cause a fever.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
February 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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