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New Meningitis Vaccine Available Monday, May 2, 2016

On Monday, May 2, 2016, we will begin administering the Trumenba vaccine.  This vaccine protects against a form of bacterial meningitis called Meningococcus type B, or MenB for short.  Menactra, which we give at ages 11 and 16, protects against the A, C, W and Y forms of bacterial meningitis, but not type B.  We are recommending Trumenba for all teens aged 16 and up.  Below are more details.

  1. It is a 3 dose vaccine. It is given at 0, 2 and 6 months increments.
  2. It is covered by all insurance companies.
  3. It is given to teens 16 years old and up.
  4. It covers only the B type strain so the Menactra vaccine will still need to be given.
  5. It is not a live vaccine.
  6. It does not contain any preservatives or thimerosal.
  7. For teens that are going off to college, if the series is not complete before they graduate, they can come back and complete the series at our office.
  8. It is a latex free vaccine.

The vaccine series can be started at your child’s next annual check up, or you can call to make a shot visit appointment with one of the nurses.  Please call (804) 282-4205 during our regular business hours to speak with someone about scheduling a visit.

For more background information and FAQs about Trumenba, visit the Trumenba page in our Resource Library.