Meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135)

Generic Name: meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) (ma-nin-ja-KOK-al)
Brand Name: Menomune

Meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) is used for:

Preventing meningococcal infection caused by a certain type of bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis) in patients 2 years of age and older.

Meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) is a vaccine. It works by causing your immune system to produce antibodies against certain meningococcal bacteria, which helps your body to fight the infection.

Do NOT use meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135):

Some medical conditions may interact with meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (eg, latex rubber, thimerosal)
  • if you have immune system problems (eg, weakened immune system), HIV infection, problems with your spleen, or have recently had or will be having any other vaccines
  • if you have any infection or illness, or you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • if you have a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135). Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Medicines that suppress the immune system, such as corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), cancer chemotherapy (eg, methotrexate), or cyclosporine, because they may decrease meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135)'s effectiveness. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if any of your medicines suppress the immune system

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135):

Use meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135), contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135).

Important safety information:

  • Meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) may not work as well in patients who have immune system problems or are taking medicine that suppresses the immune system, such as corticosteroids (eg, prednisone). Tell your doctor if you have any immune system problems or other illnesses.
  • Some of these products contain thimerosal (a preservative). If you have ever had an allergic reaction to thimerosal, ask your doctor or pharmacist if your product has thimerosal in it.
  • Meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) may not protect everyone who receives it. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor if you have recently received or will be receiving any other vaccine.
  • Protective antibody levels may be achieved within 7 to 10 days after vaccination.
  • Meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) is not approved for use in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) while you are pregnant. It is not known if meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135), check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135):

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Chills; decreased appetite; diarrhea; drowsiness (in children younger than 11 years old); headache; irritability (in children younger than 11 years old); mild fever; muscle or joint pain; tenderness, hardening, pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; tiredness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); burning, numbness, or tingling; weakness in the arms, legs, or facial muscles.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135):

Meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) at home, store meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135), please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135) or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using meningococcal vaccine (a, c, y, w-135).

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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