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Meningococcal group b vaccine

Generic Name: meningococcal group b vaccine (me-NIN-joe-kok-al)
Brand Name: Examples include Bexsero and Trumenba

Meningococcal group b vaccine is used for:

Preventing meningococcal infection caused by a certain type of bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis).

Meningococcal group b vaccine 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 group b vaccine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in meningococcal group b vaccine

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

Before using meningococcal group b vaccine:

Some medical conditions may interact with meningococcal group b vaccine. 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)
  • if you have immune system problems (eg, weakened immune system)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with meningococcal group b vaccine. 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 group b vaccine'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 group b vaccine 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 group b vaccine:

Use meningococcal group b vaccine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Meningococcal group b vaccine is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • You may be given another medicine to lower certain side effects of meningococcal group b vaccine.
  • If you miss a dose of meningococcal group b vaccine, call your doctor to find out what to do.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use meningococcal group b vaccine.

Important safety information:

  • Meningococcal group b vaccine 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.
  • Meningococcal group b vaccine may not protect everyone who receives it. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if meningococcal group b vaccine 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 group b vaccine while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use meningococcal group b vaccine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of meningococcal group b vaccine:

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; diarrhea; headache; mild fever; muscle or joint pain; nausea; pain or other irritation 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); fainting; severe dizziness; shortness of breath.

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 group b vaccine:

Meningococcal group b vaccine is handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about meningococcal group b vaccine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Meningococcal group b vaccine 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 group b vaccine 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 group b vaccine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to meningococcal group b vaccine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using meningococcal group b vaccine.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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