CDC Recommends Meningitis Vaccine Booster for Older Adolescents

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices now recommends a booster dose of the meningitis vaccine for adolescents ages 16-21 years old who received their first dose of the vaccine prior to age 16.  This additional booster is aimed to protect these youth through the highest risk period up to age 21 years.  If the first dose was given at or after age 16 years, a booster is not recommended.

 

We are following these guidelines, and recommending booster doses when we see patients at their annual well visit or pre-college visit.  If you have questions about whether you need a booster dose, please call our office.

 

For more information, please visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate.htm