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Meningococcal B

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Meningococcal B is very rare, but also very devastating.  It can cause outbreaks in schools and on college campuses.  Students are usually vaccinated once someone has been identified with the illness. 

According the CDC Vaccine Information Sheet for Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine, anyone can get meningococcal disease, but certain people are at increased risk, including:

  • Infants younger than one year old
  • Adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years old
  • People with certain medical conditions that affect the immune system
  • Microbiologists who routinely work with isolates of N. meningitidis
  • People at risk because of an outbreak in their community

The current meningococcal vaccine that is used at TCHD and required by state law, does not protect against the B strain.  The vaccine offered at TCHD is for A, C, W, and Y strains.  TCHD can order the vaccine for meningococcal B.  It may take up to 2 weeks to receive and the dose would be approximately $155.  Contact Julie at 309-925-5511, ext. 276 for more information on receiving the vaccine.

For more information on Meningococcal B, visit CDC at

www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening-serogroup.html