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Generic name: meningococcal conjugate vaccineme-NIN-je-KOK-al-KON-je-gate-vax-EEN ]
Drug class: Bacterial vaccines

Medically reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD. Last updated on Nov 1, 2022.

What is Menveo?

Menveo is used to prevent infection caused by serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135. This vaccine helps your body develop immunity to meningitis. Meningococcal vaccine will not treat an active meningococcal infection that has already developed in the body.

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that can infect the spinal cord and brain and cause meningitis, which can be fatal or lead to permanent and disabling medical problems.

Meningococcal disease spreads from person to person through small droplets of saliva expelled into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The bacteria is usually passed through close contact with an infected person, especially through kissing or sharing a drinking glass or eating utensil.

Meningococcal disease is more likely to occur in babies younger than 1 year, in young people ages 16 to 23 years, in anyone with a weak immune system, and in anyone exposed to an outbreak of the disease.

Menveo works by exposing you to a small dose of the bacteria or a protein from the bacteria, which causes your body to develop immunity to the disease. Menveo contains four of the most common types of meningococcal bacteria (serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135).

Menveo is for use in children and adults between the ages of 2 months and 55 years old.

Like any vaccine, Menveo may not provide protection from disease in every person.


You should not receive Menveo if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a meningococcal or diphtheria vaccine.

You should not receive a booster vaccine if you had a life threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.

Before taking this medicine

You may not be able to receive Menveo if you've ever had an allergic reaction to a meningococcal, diphtheria, or tetanus vaccine.

Menveo may need to be postponed or not given at all if you have:

  • a severe illness with a fever or any type of infection;

  • a weak immune system caused by disease or by using certain medicine (this vaccine may not be as effective if you are immunosuppressed);

  • a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome; or

  • a history of premature birth.

You can still receive a vaccine if you've a minor cold.

Your doctor should determine whether you need Menveo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

How is Menveo given?

Menveo is given as an injection (shot) into a muscle. You will receive this injection in a doctor's office or clinic setting.

Menveo is recommended if:

  • you've been exposed to an outbreak of meningococcal disease;

  • you are in the military;

  • you work in a laboratory and are exposed to meningococcal bacteria;

  • you live in a dormitory or other group housing;

  • you live in or travel to an area where meningococcal disease is common;

  • you have a medical problem affecting your spleen, or your spleen has been removed;

  • you have HIV;

  • you use a medicine called eculizumab (Soliris) or ravulizumab (Ultomiris); or

  • you have an immune system disorder called "complement component deficiency."

Menveo is usually given only once to adults and children 2 years and older. You may need a booster dose if you have a high risk of meningococcal infection and it has been at least 4 years since you last received this vaccine. Younger children will need to receive 4 doses.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all teens ages 11 to 12 years be vaccinated with a single dose of Menveo. A booster dose should be given at age 16 for continued protection when teens are at highest risk of meningococcal disease.

Your booster schedule may be different. Follow the guidelines provided by your doctor or local health department.

Be sure to receive all recommended doses of Menveo or you may not be fully protected against disease.

There are other types of meningococcal vaccine available. When you receive a booster dose, make sure you are receiving a vaccine for meningococcal serogroups A, C, W, or Y and not for serogroup B.

Dosing information

Each dose of Menveo should be administered as a single 0.5ml intramuscular injection, preferably into the thigh in infants or into the upper arm in toddlers, adolescents, and adults.

Primary Vaccination.

  • Infants Aged 2 Months: Menveo is to be administered as a 4-dose series at 2, 4, 6, and 12 months of age.

  • Children Aged 7 through 23 Months: Menveo is to be administered as a 2-dose series with the second dose administered in the second year of life and at least 3 months after the first dose.

  • Children Aged 2 through 10 Years: Menveo is to be administered as a single dose. For children aged 2 through 5 years at continued high risk of meningococcal disease, a second dose may be administered 2 months after the first dose.

  • Adolescents and Adults Aged 11 through 55 Years: Menveo is administered as a single dose.

Booster Vaccination.

  • Adolescents and Adults Aged 15 through 55 Years: A single booster dose of Menveo may be given to people who are at continued risk for meningococcal disease if at least 4 years have elapsed since receiving a dose of a meningococcal conjugate vaccine.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Contact your vaccination provider if you miss a booster dose or if you get behind schedule. The next dose should be given as soon as possible. There is no need to start over.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of this vaccine is not likely to occur.

What should I avoid before or after receiving Menveo?

Follow your vaccination provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Menveo side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Menveo: hives; dizziness, weakness; fast heartbeats; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Keep track of all side effects you have. If you need a booster dose, you will need to tell the vaccination provider if the previous shot caused any side effects.

You should not receive a Menveo booster vaccine if you had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.

Becoming infected with meningococcal disease and developing meningitis is much more dangerous to your health than receiving this vaccine. Any vaccine may cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects is low.

You may feel faint after receiving Menveo. Some people have had seizure like reactions after receiving this vaccine. Your doctor may want you to remain under observation during the first 15 minutes after the injection.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe weakness or unusual feeling in your arms and legs (may occur 2 to 4 weeks after you receive the vaccine);

  • high fever; or

  • unusual behavior.

Common Menveo side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;

  • changes in appetite;

  • redness, pain, swelling, or a hard lump where the shot was given;

  • joint or muscle pain;

  • headache, drowsiness, tiredness

  • low fever, not feeling well; or

  • (in babies) fussiness, irritability.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report vaccine side effects to the US Department of Health and Human Services at 1 800 822 7967.

What other drugs will affect Menveo?

Tell your doctor about all other vaccines you recently received, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with meningococcal conjugate vaccine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

  • Your vaccination provider, pharmacist, or doctor can provide more information about Menveo. Additional information is available from your local health department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Menveo only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.