Alberta Health Services
The Men-B vaccine protects against meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis type B bacteria.
You should get this vaccine if you’re at risk for meningococcal B disease because of:
Talk to a public health nurse to find out if you can get the Men-B vaccine for free.
Other people may also benefit from this vaccine, such as if you travel to an area that has a high risk of meningococcal B disease, but 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 may not be able to get this vaccine if:
If you have allergies or have had a side effect from this vaccine, check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
Although you can get the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or fever, you should stay home until you are feeling better to prevent spreading your illness to others.
The number of doses you need depends on your age and why you’re getting the vaccine.
Ask your healthcare provider how many doses you need.
Even if you’ve had a meningococcal vaccine in the past, you may still need Men-B to protect you from type B meningococcal disease.
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 the vaccine at your local public health or community health centre.
If you want the vaccine and need to pay for it, contact a travel health clinic or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
There is more to learn about how well the Men-B vaccine works. Research has shown that it helped to reduce meningococcal B disease in groups who got this vaccine. This vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from meningococcal B disease.
Vaccine safety is a top priority. Canada uses extremely safe vaccines. Learn more about vaccine safety in Canada, including how vaccines are monitored for continued safety, and ingredients in vaccines.
There can be side effects from the Men-B vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
At least 1 out of 100 people who got this vaccine reported 1 or more of these side effects. In some cases, it is unknown if the vaccine caused these side effects.
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. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
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