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Meningococcal Vaccine Solution for injection

This vaccine does not contain live bacteria

Generic Name: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine

Brand Names: Menomune A/C/Y/W-135

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.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-breathing problems
-feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
-fever over 102 degrees F
-muscle weakness
-unusual drooping or paralysis of face
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

-chills
-diarrhea
-headache
-loss of appetite
-muscle aches and pains
-pain at site where injected
-tired

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: May 10, 2011
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Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine

 
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