Menactra® is a meningococcal vaccination that helps prevent diseases caused by Neisseria meningitidis bacteria. These diseases include:
- Bacterial meningitis (a bacterial infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord)
- Bloodstream infections.
The injection is approved for people between the ages of 9 months and 55 years old, and is given as a single dose, usually in the upper arm. Although most people do not have any problems after receiving their dosage, side effects -- such as headache, fatigue, and pain at the injection site -- are possible.
To help ensure your safety, talk to your healthcare provider about your current medications (including vitamins and nonprescription drugs) and medical history prior to being vaccinated with Menactra. Also, tell your healthcare provider if you have:
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- An immune-suppressing condition, such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- Had any sort of a reaction to a vaccine before
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives
- A moderate or severe illness.
(To learn more about this vaccination, click Menactra. This article offers an in-depth look at how it works, what it is used for, and why it may not be suitable for everyone.)