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 meningococcal disease (including meningitis) caused by certain strains of meningococcal bacteria. Menactra vaccine is not indicated for the prevention of meningitis caused by meningococcal strains not contained in the vaccine.
Side effects to Menactra vaccine include injection site pain, redness, swelling, headache and tiredness. In infants, irritability, crying, drowsiness, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. Other side effects may occur.
Vaccination should be avoided by persons with known hypersensitivity (severe allergic reaction) 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. Vaccination with Menactra vaccine may not protect all individuals.
For more information about Menactra vaccine, talk to your health care professional.