Bexsero Side Effects
Generic Name: meningococcal group B vaccine
Note: This document contains side effect information about meningococcal group B vaccine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Bexsero.
For the Consumer
Applies to meningococcal group B vaccine: intramuscular suspension prefilled syringe
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Shortness of breath.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
What are some other side effects of this drug?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Pain where the shot was given.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Muscle or joint pain.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Upset stomach.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to meningococcal group B vaccine: intramuscular suspension
The most common adverse events were pain at the injection site, fatigue, erythema, myalgia, headache, and induration.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Injection site pain (92.8%), erythema (50%), induration (32%), swelling (21.6%)
Postmarketing reports: Blisters at or around injection site[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (64.4%), headache (56.9%), sleepiness, unusual crying
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Seizures (including febrile seizures)
Postmarketing reports: Syncope, vasovagal responses to injection[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Myalgia (49%), chills (30.3%), arthralgia (21.6%)[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Nausea (19%), diarrhea (15.2%)
Common (1% to 10%): Vomiting[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Irritability[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Eating disorders[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Fever[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Rash
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eczema
Rare (less than 0.1%): Urticaria[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pallor (rare after booster)
Rare (less than 0.1%): Kawasaki syndrome[Ref]
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Anaphylaxis
Postmarketing reports: Allergic reactions, rash, eye swelling[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Nasopharyngitis[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Trumenba (meningococcal group B vaccine)." Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group, New York, NY.
2. "Product Information. Bexsero (meningococcal group B vaccine)." Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics Inc, Cambridge, MA.
3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
Some side effects of Bexsero may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
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