The meningitis vaccine, or the meningococcal diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine, protects you from bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord. A healthcare provider will give you this vaccine injection.
MENINGOCOCCAL DIPHTHERIA TOXOID CONJUGATE VACCINE (muh ning goh KOK kal dif THEER ee uh TOK soid KON juh geyt vak SEEN) is a vaccine to protect from bacterial meningitis. This vaccine does not contain live bacteria. It will not cause a meningitis.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Menactra, Menveo
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•fever or infection
•history of Guillain-Barre syndrome
•immune system problems
•an unusual or allergic reaction to diphtheria toxoid, meningococcal vaccine, latex, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
•pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While some brands of this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 9 months of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
This does not apply.
•medicines for organ transplant
•medicines to treat cancer
•medicines used during some procedures to diagnose a medical condition
•some medicines for arthritis
•steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Report any side effects that are worrisome to your doctor right away. Call your doctor if you have any unusual symptoms within 6 weeks of getting this vaccine.
This vaccine may not protect from all meningitis infections.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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