Meningococcal Group B – New Vaccine For Teenagers and Young Adults Now Available
The Pediatric Center of Stamford now has Bexsero Meningococcal Group B Vaccine available for teenagers and young adults. On June 24, 2015, The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted to recommend the use of MenB vaccines in adolescents and young adults to help prevent MenB disease. This vaccine is in addition to the meningococcal vaccine (Menactra) your child has already received. MenB covers only the B strain which is responsible for 33% of cases and responsible for the 3 most recent local outbreaks at Yale, Princeton and Providence College. The recommendation is for the MenB vaccine series to be administered to adolescents and young adults starting at age 16 to provide short-term protection against most strains of MenB disease. The vaccine is a two shot series with a booster recommended one month after the first dose. If your child will not be in town for the booster, they can receive it the next time they are home. Many colleges are requiring or recommending the vaccine. Please check if your college student has received this vaccine at school. If your student has not received the vaccine at school, we recommend they come in for the vaccine while home on school break. Your son or daughter may come in during walk-in hours to receive the vaccine. (Please check with your individual insurance plan to see specifics about coverage) More information about MenB
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