What are the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines for routine use of meningococcal vaccines in adolescents?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Regarding the routine use of vaccines in adolescents, the 2010 CDC-ACIP guidelines specifically recommend 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine, preferably starting at 11 or 12 years. A booster dose should be given at age 16 years. If the primary dose was at age 13-15 years, the booster can be given at age 16-18 years. No booster is needed if the primary dose was given at age 16 years or later. [47]


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