Joseph F. Sullivan Center

Meningococcal Disease

MCV: prevents meningococcal disease

  • There are 2 types of meningococcal vaccine, one for those under 55 and one for those older than 55. This vaccine protects against 4 types of meningitis. For most people, this is a 2 dose vaccine that should be taken in adolescence, then upon entering college. You should receive this vaccine if you have not had both doses and if you are going to be living where you will be at risk for contracting the bacteria.
  • What is meningococcal disease? This disease is caused by bacteria that is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis, which is an infection around the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria is spread through droplets from coughing, sneezing, or kissing. Symptoms of meningitis include sudden fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and confusion.
    • Approximately 1 in every 10 people who get meningitis die from it. Survivors may lose limbs, become deaf, have problems with nervous systems, suffer seizures or strokes.
Click here for the CDC Vaccine Information Statement about the Meningococcal Vaccine