In January 2005, a tetravalent meningococcal polysaccharide-protein conjugate vaccine ([MCV4] Menactra®, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., Swiftwater, Pennsylvania), was licensed for use among persons aged 11--55 years. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends routine vaccination with MCV4 of persons aged 11--12 years, of adolescents at high school entry (i.e., at approximately age 15 years) if not previously vaccinated with MCV4, and of college freshmen living in dormitories. Vaccination also is recommended for other persons at increased risk for meningococcal disease (i.e., military recruits, travelers to areas where meningococcal disease is hyperendemic or epidemic, microbiologists who are routinely exposed to isolates of Neisseria meningitidis, persons with anatomic or functional asplenia, and persons with terminal complement deficiency).

  • Recommendation
  • Americas
  • United States of America
  • Meningococcal disease