Meningococcal disease, which includes meningococcal meningitis, is a rare, but potentially deadly, bacterial infection. It can strike quickly and lead to devastating complications such as hearing loss.
Teens are due for a CDC-recommended second dose of MenACWY vaccine to help protect them from the dangers of meningococcal meningitis at age 16. This second dose helps provide essential protection against meningococcal meningitis for teens and young adults, when the risk of contracting the disease is increased. Unfortunately, only half of U.S. teens have actually received this recommended second vaccination.
Parents, don’t wait. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider to get your teen the second dose they need to help protect them from meningococcal meningitis. Your teen’s 16-year visit is also a good opportunity to make sure they’re up-to-date with other recommended vaccinations, and to ask about the MenB vaccines.Set reminders for the 16 Vaccine