What to ask your doctor
If your child has never been vaccinated against meningococcal disease, ask your doctor:
- "Why was my child never vaccinated for meningococcal disease?"
- "Can my child get vaccinated now?"
If your child previously received a meningococcal vaccination, ask your doctor:
- When was my child last vaccinated against meningococcal disease?
Paying for Menactra vaccine
Vaccines are typically covered by most insurance plans. But if you’re underinsured or uninsured, your child can still get Menactra vaccine for little or no fee.20
If your child doesn’t have a regular doctor, contact your state health department, your local health department, or a neighborhood health clinic about getting Menactra vaccine.20
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Important Safety Information
Menactra vaccine is given to people 9 months through 55 years of age to help prevent invasive meningococcal disease (including meningitis) caused by serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135 of meningococcal bacteria. Menactra vaccine does not prevent serogroup B disease.
Side effects to Menactra vaccine include pain, redness, swelling at the injection site, headache, tiredness, and joint pain. In infants, side effects include irritability, abnormal crying, drowsiness, loss of appetite, and fever. Other side effects may occur.
Vaccination should be avoided by persons with a severe allergic reaction (eg, anaphylaxis) to any ingredient of the vaccine. Persons previously diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), severe muscle weakness, may have an increased chance of getting GBS following vaccination. Fainting can occur shortly after injecting vaccines, including Menactra vaccine. Vaccination with Menactra vaccine may not protect all individuals.
For more information about Menactra vaccine, talk to your health care professional.