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About Menactra vaccine

Menactra vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine that helps protect against meningococcal disease, including meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal sepsis.3,4,14

Meningococcal disease is rare.8 But just how serious is it? Did you know that:

  • Up to 1 in 5 survivors suffer brain damage, amputations, kidney damage, and more4,10-12
  • As many as 1 in 8 people who get the disease die from it4,19
  • Teenagers and young adults are more prone to getting the disease4
  • The disease can kill a child in just 24 hours16
  • It’s difficult to diagnose because most common symptoms are similar to those of the influenza (flu)2,4,13,15

Menactra vaccine can reduce your child’s chances of getting meningococcal disease.3,14 The vaccine is produced by Sanofi Pasteur Inc. with almost 42 million doses distributed in the United States since 2005. 5

CDC recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided an information statement with important facts about meningococcal vaccines.

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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.

Safety Information

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.