Menactra and Breastfeeding
Most vaccines are considered safe while breastfeeding, and Menactra (meningococcal vaccine) is no exception. Even though Menactra may be safe for women who are nursing, routine use of meningococcal vaccines is not recommended in most healthy adults. However, everyone's situation is different; by talking with your healthcare provider, you can make a decision that is right for you.
Can I Get Menactra While Breastfeeding?Menactra® (meningococcal vaccine) is approved to prevent invasive meningococcal diseases, such as bacterial meningitis. Like most vaccines, Menactra is considered safe to receive while breastfeeding.
Although this vaccine is approved for use in adults (up to age 55), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend routine use of meningococcal vaccines in most healthy adults, except in certain circumstances (see Menactra Uses for more information about who should receive this vaccine).
At this time, most sources agree that breastfeeding women can safely receive most vaccines, including Menactra.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and MenactraYou should talk with your healthcare provider about Menactra if you are nursing. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.