Meningococcal disease is a serious infection caused by a bacteria. Meningococcal bacteria can infect the blood, spinal cord, and brain. These conditions can be fatal.

Meningococcal disease can spread from one person to another through small droplets of saliva that are expelled into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The bacteria can also be passed through contact with objects the infected person has touched, such as a door handle, or other surface. The bacteria can also be passed through kissing, or sharing a drinking glass or eating utensil with an infected person.

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  • Menomune A/C/Y/W-135
  • severe weakness or unusual feeling in your arms and legs (may occur 2 to 4 weeks after you receive the vaccine);
    high fever; or
    unusual bleeding.
    Less serious side effects may include:

    low fever, chills;
    redness, pain, swelling, or a lump where the vaccine was injected;
    headache; or
    tired feeling.
  • Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine is usually given only once. Children and people who have higher risks of meningococcal infection may need a repeat dose of this vaccine 2 or 3 years after receiving the first shot. Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine is recommended in the following situations: for people who do not have a spleen; for laboratory workers who are routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria; for people who live in dormitories or other group housing; and for people who travel or live among certain populations where meningococcal outbreak is common.