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Generic: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine
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This vaccine does not contain live bacteria
               



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What is this medicine?

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.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding disorder
  • 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
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

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.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • adalimumab
  • anakinra
  • infliximab
  • medicines for organ transplant
  • medicines to treat cancer
  • medicines used during some procedures to diagnose a medical condition
  • other vaccines
  • some medicines for arthritis
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I watch for while using this 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.

               
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