The Meningococcal vaccine, more commonly known as the Meningitis vaccine, can cause various adverse reactions and injuries. The Meningitis vaccine is administered to prevent Meningococcal disease, which is a serious bacterial illness. The Meningococcal bacteria is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis, a deadly infection that can lead to the covering of the brain and spinal cord. As one of the most common vaccinations administered across the country, subsequent injuries and illnesses can and do happen. If you have suffered an adverse reaction or SIRVA injury after receiving the Meningitis vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation from a federal trust fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
The Meningitis vaccine may cause various severe allergic reactions. As many as half of the people who receive the Meningococcal vaccine will experience mild side effects, including pain at the injection site or shoulder pain. Some people also develop fevers, headaches, fatigue, and chills.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") suggests, the Meningitis vaccine should be administered to children at the ages of 11 and 12 years old, followed by a booster dose at the age of 16. In addition, the CDC states that young adults aged 16 to 23 are eligible to receive the Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine. In the United States, there are three (3) licensed and FDA approved Meningitis vaccines: Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4), Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), and the Serogroup B Meningococcal vaccine.
The Serogroup B Meningococcal Bexsero vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
The Serogroup B Meningococcal Trumenba vaccine, made by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
The MCV4 Meningococcal Menactra vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
The MCV4 Meningococcal Menveo vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
If you or someone you may know has suffered a reaction, illness, or injury after receiving the Meningitis vaccine, compensation may be available from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Call us today for a free case evaluation and speak directly with one of our injury lawyers. We feel that we owe it to our clients to be fully invested into practicing these specific injury claims full time.
Page last reviewed and updated: December 2, 2020