This vaccine is used to help prevent certain serious, sometimes fatal, bacterial infections (meningitis, meningococcemia). This infection may cause severe problems (hearing loss, brain/nerve problems, paralysis, blindness, seizures, loss of limbs) even with antibiotic treatment. This vaccine works by increasing the body's natural defense (immunity) against the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent infection. However, like any vaccine, it may not fully protect everyone who receives it.
The brand and dose of vaccine you receive depend on your age. Other vaccines may also be given at the same time, usually in a different site on the body.
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