Who should be vaccinated?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine meningococcal vaccination for adolescents because this age group is at higher risk than others for meningococcal disease. Adolescents should receive the following to protect against serogroups A, C, Y and W:

  • An initial vaccination at age 11-12
  • A booster dose at age 16

The CDC suggests that adolescents receive the vaccine less than five years before starting college.

Recently, two vaccines to prevent against serogroup B meningococcal disease were approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for ages 10 to 25. The CDC has not yet issued a recommendation for these vaccines.

Others recommended for meningococcal vaccination include younger children and adults with certain medical conditions, travelers and military recruits. For the full list of persons recommended by the CDC for meningococcal vaccination, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate.htm.