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Menomune A / C / Y / W-135 Side Effects

Generic Name: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 16, 2020.

Note: This document contains side effect information about meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Menomune A / C / Y / W-135.

For the Consumer

Applies to meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine: parenteral solution for im use

Side effects include:

MenACWY-D (Menactra®): Injection site reactions (e.g., pain, induration, erythema, swelling), headache, fatigue, malaise, arthralgia, diarrhea, anorexia, chills, fever, vomiting, rash.

MenACWY-CRM (Menveo®): Injection site reactions (tenderness, erythema), irritability, sleepiness, persistent crying, change in eating habits, vomiting, diarrhea in infants 2 through 23 months of age; injection site reactions (pain, erythema, induration), irritability, sleepiness, malaise, headache in children 2 through 10 years of age; injection site pain, headache, myalgia, malaise, nausea in adults and adolescents.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine: subcutaneous powder for injection


The most common adverse events were injection site pain, headache, irritability, and diarrhea.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Injection site pain (48.1%), injection site redness (16%), injection site induration (11%), injection site tenderness

Common (1% to 10%): Injection site swelling, injection site hematoma

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Injection site reaction

Rare (less than 0.1%): Severe local reactions

Postmarketing reports: Extensive limb swelling at the injection site (frequently associated with erythema, sometimes involving the adjacent joint or swelling of the entire injected limb)[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (41.8%), drowsiness (11.2%)

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypoesthesia, dizziness

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Somnolence, neurological reactions

Postmarketing reports: Vasovagal syncope, paresthesia, Guillain-Barre syndrome[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (32.3%), malaise (22.3%), fever

Common (1% to 10%): Chills, febrile reactions (>38C)

Postmarketing reports: Asthenia, influenza-like symptoms[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Irritability (12.2%)

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Insomnia, crying[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Arthralgia (16%)

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Myalgia, pain in extremity

Postmarketing reports: Musculoskeletal stiffness[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Appetite lost

Common (1% to 10%): Anorexia

Postmarketing reports: Decreased appetite[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (14%)

Common (1% to 10%): Vomiting, nausea[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Rash

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pruritus

Rare (less than 0.1%): Urticaria, angioedema

Postmarketing reports: Angioneurotic edema[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Local axillary lymphadenopathy[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Hypersensitivity (such as rash, urticaria, pruritus, dyspnea, angioedema), allergic reactions (including anaphylactic and anaphylactoid reactions)[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Upper respiratory tract illness

Rare (less than 0.1%): Wheeze[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: IgA nephropathy[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. "Product Information. Menomune (meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine)." Sanofi Pasteur, Toronto, IA.

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