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Meningococcal Vaccine For Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The meningococcal vaccine is an injection given to protect your child from certain types of meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by meningococci bacteria. The infection may cause serious disease, such as meningitis. Meningitis causes swelling of the fluid and lining that covers your child's brain and spinal cord. Meningococcal disease is spread from person to person through the air. The vaccine begins to protect your child 1 to 2 weeks after he or she gets it and may protect him or her for 3 to 5 years.
Call 911 for any of the following:
- Your child's mouth and throat are swollen.
- Your child is wheezing or has trouble breathing.
- Your child has chest pain or says his or her heart is beating fast.
- Your child faints.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your child's face is red or swollen.
- Your child has hives that spread over his or her body.
- Your child says he or she feels weak or dizzy.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has increased pain, redness, or swelling around the area where the shot was given.
- You have questions or concerns about the meningococcal vaccine.
Apply a warm compress
to the injection area as directed to decrease pain and swelling.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.