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The MenconC vaccine protects against meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis type C bacteria.
As part of the routine immunization schedule, children get this vaccine starting at age 4 months. You may also get this vaccine after close contact with someone with type C meningococcal disease.
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.
Children need 2 doses, which are usually given at ages 4 and 12 months.
You need fewer doses if you get your first dose after age 12 months. However, delaying this immunization is not recommended because babies have a high risk of getting 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 protects against types A, C, Y, and W-135 meningococcal disease. Grade 9 students can get this vaccine as part of the school immunization program. This will boost their protection against type C meningococcal disease and protect them from types A, Y, and W-135.
You may also get this vaccine if you travel to an area that has a high risk of meningococcal disease or you 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.
You can get the vaccine at your local public health or community health centre.
Protection for type C meningococcal disease with the MenconC vaccine is about 97% for healthy babies.
It’s important to get the 12-month booster dose because protection weakens over time.
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 MenconC 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 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.
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