MENINGOCOCCAL POLYSACCHARIDE VACCINE (muh ning goh KOK kal vak SEEN) is a vaccine to protect from bacterial meningitis. This vaccine does not contain live bacteria. It will not cause a meningitis.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
fever or infection
history of Guillain-Barre syndrome
immune system problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to meningococcal vaccine, latex, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
A copy of the Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
This does not apply.
medicines for organ transplant
medicines to treat cancer
some medicines for arthritis
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.
Report any side effects that are worrisome to your doctor right away.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever over 102 degrees F
unusual drooping or paralysis of face
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
loss of appetite
muscle aches and pains
pain at site where injected
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.