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MENJUGATE KIT 10 MICROGRAMS POWDER AND SOLVENT FOR SUSPENSION FOR INJECTION

Active substance(s): ALUMINIUM HYDROXIDE / DIPHTHERIA CRM(197) CARRIER PROTEIN / MENINGOCOCCAL GROUP C OLIGOSACCHARIDE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
MENJUGATE KIT 10 micrograms powder and solvent for suspension for injection
Meningococcal group C conjugate vaccine
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or nurse.
This vaccine has been prescribed for you or your child only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours or of your child.
If you or your child gets any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
1.
What Menjugate Kit is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before you or your child use Menjugate Kit
3.
How to use Menjugate Kit
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Menjugate Kit
6.
Content of the pack and other information
1.

What Menjugate Kit is and what it is used for

Menjugate Kit is a vaccine that is used to prevent disease caused by a bacterium named Neisseria
meningitidis group C (also referred to as meningococcal group C bacteria). The vaccine works by causing
your body to make its own protection (antibodies) against these meningococcal group C bacteria.
Neisseria meningitidis group C bacteria can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections such as
meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
This vaccine is used for active immunisation of children from 2 months of age, adolescents and adults and it
can only protect against meningococcal group C bacteria. It cannot protect against other groups (strains) of
meningococcal bacteria or against other causes of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). If at any
time you or your child experiences neck pain, neck stiffness or a dislike of light (photophobia), drowsiness or
confusion, red or purple bruise-like spots that do not fade under pressure you must contact your doctor or
local Accident and Emergency Department immediately.
This vaccine cannot cause meningitis C (meningococcal group C disease).
This vaccine contains a protein (called CRM197) from the bacteria that cause diphtheria. Menjugate Kit
does not protect against diphtheria. This means that you (or your child) should receive other vaccines to
protect against diphtheria when these are due or when advised by your doctor.
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What you need to know before you or your child are given Menjugate Kit

Do not use Menjugate Kit if you or your child:
 ever had an allergic reaction to the active substance or any of the other ingredients of Menjugate Kit
(see Section 6)
 ever had an allergic reaction to diphtheria toxoid (a substance used in a number of other vaccines)
 ever shown any signs of allergy following vaccination with Menjugate Kit
 have a very high fever. In this case vaccination with Menjugate Kit may have to be delayed
Take special care with Menjugate Kit if you or your child:

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have haemophilia or any other problem that may stop your blood from clotting properly (e.g. a too low
amount of platelet called thrombocytopenia) or are taking any medicines that can influence blood
clotting
have a weak immune system for any reason (for example you (or your child) do not produce antibodies
very efficiently, or you (or your child) are taking medicines that reduce your immunity to infections such
as anti-cancer drugs or high doses of corticosteroids)
had your spleen removed or have been told that your spleen does not work as it should
have an infectious illness or fever (for example, sore throat, cough, cold or flu)
are over 65 years old
suffer from a kidney disease in which large amounts of protein appear in the urine (called nephrotic
syndrome). There have been reports of this condition reoccurring after vaccination.

Warnings and precautions
Before receiving any dose of Menjugate Kit you should be asked about your (or your child) personal and
family health history. Your (or your child) immunization status and any previous side effects following
vaccination must be reported to your doctor or nurse. Talk with your doctor or nurse about these details
before being given this vaccine as it may not be suitable for you (or your child). In some instances, you (or
your child) may still be given the vaccine but it may not provide very high protection against infections
caused by the group C bacteria.
Other medicines and Menjugate Kit
Tell your doctor or nurse if you (or your child) are using, have recently used or might use any other
medicines.
Menjugate Kit may be given at the same time as other vaccinations but any other injected vaccines must be
given into a separate injection site, preferably in a different arm or leg from the site of the Menjugate Kit
injection.
These include:
 Polio vaccines given by mouth or by injection
 Diphtheria and Tetanus vaccines alone or in combination with Whooping cough vaccine
 Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib disease) vaccine
 Hepatitis B vaccine given alone or at the same time as combined vaccines against Diphtheria, Tetanus,
Hib disease, Polio and Whooping cough.
 Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) combined vaccines
 Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
These other vaccines should be given at the recommended ages as normal.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby , ask your
doctor or nurse for advice before Menjugate Kit is given. Your doctor or nurse may still advise you to have
Menjugate Kit if you are at high risk of infection with meningococcal group C bacteria.
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy or experience some other side effects after the injection. These could interfere with your
driving or operating machinery. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Menjugate Kit
affects you.
Menjugate Kit contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per dose, i.e. essentially ‘sodium-free’.
The tip cap of the syringe may contain 10% Dry Natural Rubber. Please tell your doctor if you (or your
child) ever had an allergic reaction to latex.
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How to use Menjugate Kit

Menjugate Kit will be given by your doctor or nurse.

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The vaccine is usually given into the muscle of the thigh in infants, and into the shoulder muscle for older
children, adolescents and adults. Your doctor or nurse will take care to ensure the vaccine is not given into a
blood vessel and will make sure that it is injected into muscle and not into the skin.
For children 12 months and older, adolescents and adults: a single dose (0.5 ml) of the vaccine is
recommended.
For infants 2 months up to 12 months of age: two doses of Menjugate Kit should be given at least two
months apart.
In order to maintain protection, a booster dose must be given after the infant course of two doses has been
completed. Your doctor will advise you when your child should receive this.
For information on the reconstitution of the vaccine see the section for medical or healthcare professionals at
the end of this leaflet.
If you use more Menjugate Kit than you should
Since Menjugate Kit will be given by either a doctor or nurse, and each injection is a single dose of 0.5
millilitres, it is very unlikely that you (or your child) will be given too much vaccine. If you have any
concerns about the amount of vaccine you (or your child) have been given, speak to your doctor or nurse.
If you have any further questions on the use of Menjugate Kit, ask your doctor or nurse.
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Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Menjugate Kit can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If a serious allergic reaction occurs (usually in less than 1 in 10,000 people) tell your doctor straight
away or go immediately/ take your child to the nearest Accident and Emergency department because
urgent medical help may be needed.
The symptoms of serious allergic reactions can include:
 Swelling of the lips, mouth, throat (which may cause difficulty in swallowing)
 Difficulty breathing with wheezing or coughing
 Rash and swelling of the hands, feet and ankles
 Loss of consciousness
 Very low blood pressure
These very rare reactions can occur immediately or very soon after the injection and there is usually a rapid
recovery after the right treatment has been given.
Other allergic reactions may start some days after the vaccine is given.
These include:
 rashes, sometimes with itching, purple skin spots or blotches,
 blistering rashes that may also cause ulcers in the mouth and around the genital organs.
The most common side effects reported during clinical trials usually lasted only one to two days and were
not usually severe. The side effects were:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
 In all age groups: redness, swelling and tenderness/pain at the injection site but these did not usually
require further medical attention. Redness or swelling of at least 3 cm and tenderness causing discomfort
with movement were rarely observed for more than 48 hours.
 Infants: being sick (vomiting)
 Infants and toddlers: irritability, drowsiness, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite and diarrhoea.
 Secondary school children: headache
 Older children and adults: feeling generally unwell
 Adults: muscle and joint pains, feeling sick (nauseous)

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Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
 In all age groups: Fever (but rarely severe).
 Infants and toddlers: crying
 Toddlers: being sick (vomiting).
 Primary school children: headache
Other side effects reported during routine vaccination programmes include:
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Different age groups:
 enlarged lymph glands
 dizziness
 faints
 numbness
 tingling sensation or pins and needles
 temporarily reduced muscle tone
 visual disturbances and sensitivity to light. These have usually occurred together with headache and
dizziness.
Although fits have been reported very rarely after vaccination with Menjugate Kit, it is thought that some of
these reports in teenagers and adults may have been faints. In infants and young children, fits were usually
associated with high fever. The majority of people affected have recovered rapidly.
There have been very rare reports of relapse of a kidney disorder called nephrotic syndrome following
vaccination with this type of vaccine.
In babies born very prematurely (at or before 28 weeks of gestation) longer gaps than normal between
breaths may occur for 2-3 days after vaccination.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in
this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
5.

How to store Menjugate Kit

Keep this vaccine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Menjugate Kit after the expiry date which is stated on the carton.
The vaccine consists of a vial and a syringe and they may carry a different expiry date. The carton and ALL
its contents must be discarded on reaching this outer carton expiry date.
Store in a refrigerator (2C – 8C). Do not freeze. Keep the vial and the syringe in the outer carton in order to
protect from light.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your doctor or nurse how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
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Content of the pack and other information

What Menjugate Kit contains
One dose (0.5 ml of the reconstituted vaccine) contains the following amount of active substance: 10
micrograms of Neisseria meningitidis group C (strain C11) oligosaccharide chemically joined to 12.5 to 25.0
micrograms of Corynebacterium diphtheriae CRM197 protein.
The active substance is adsorbed on aluminium hydroxide (0.3 to 0.4 mg Al3+) in 0.5 ml (1 dose) of
reconstituted vaccine.
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The other ingredients in the vial of powder are: mannitol, sodium dihydrogen phosphate monohydrate and
disodium phosphate heptahydrate.
The other ingredients in the syringe of aluminium hydroxide solvent are: sodium chloride and water for
injections (See also end of Section 2).
What Menjugate Kit looks like and contents of the pack
Menjugate Kit is a powder and solvent for suspension for injection.
Each dose of Menjugate Kit is supplied as a:
 Vial containing the active substance as a white to off-white powder
 Syringe containing a white opalescent aluminium hydroxide solvent
The contents of the two components (vial and syringe) are to be mixed prior to vaccination.
Pack sizes: 1, 5 or 10 doses. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder: GSK Vaccines S.r.l., Via Fiorentina 1, 53100 Siena, Italy
Manufacturer: GSK Vaccines S.r.l., Bellaria-Rosia, 53018 Sovicille (Siena), Italy
This leaflet was last revised in 09/2015
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:
Reconstitution of the vaccine
The lyophilised vaccine requires preparation by reconstitution with aluminium hydroxide solvent.
Gently agitate the syringe containing the aluminium hydroxide solvent. Remove the tip cap from the syringe
and attach a suitable needle. Use the whole content of the syringe (0.6 mL of suspension) to reconstitute the
Meningococcal group C conjugate vaccine vial.
Gently shake the reconstituted vial until the vaccine is dissolved (this will ensure the antigen is bound to the
adjuvant). Taking care not to withdraw the plunger completely out of the barrel of the syringe, withdraw the
full contents of the vial into the syringe. Please note that it is normal for a small residual amount of liquid to
remain in the vial following withdrawal of the dose.
You can compare the amount of reconstituted vaccine in your syringe to the scale in the drawing below, to
confirm you have withdrawn a sufficient dose of vaccine.

0.5 ml
Please ensure that no air bubbles are present in the syringe before injecting the vaccine.
Following reconstitution the vaccine is a slightly opaque, colourless to light yellow suspension, free from
visible foreign particles. If any foreign particulate matter and/or variation of physical appearance are
observed, discard the vaccine.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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