Another Tool to Fight Meningococcal Disease
Orland Township is offering meningococcal B vaccine for serogroup B at monthly immunization clinics. The new meningococcal B vaccine is available free of charge to eligible children 18 and under. This new vaccine is offered in addition to the meningococcal for protection against serogroups A, C, W and Y.
Meningococcal B vaccine is intended for children 10 years or older who are at increased risk for serogroup B including:
· People at risk because of a serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak
· Anyone whose spleen is damaged or has been removed
· Anyone with a rare immune system condition called “persistent complement component deficiency”
· Anyone taking a drug called eculizumab (also called Soliris®)
· Microbiologists who routinely work with isolates of N. meningitidis
These vaccines may also be given to anyone 16 through 23 years old to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease; 16 through 18 years are the preferred ages for vaccination.
For best protection, more than 1 dose of a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine is needed. The same vaccine must be used for all doses. Ask your health care provider about the number and timing of doses.
For additional information on meningococcal b vaccine, please call (708) 403-4222.
About Orland Township Health Services
The mission of the Orland Township Health Services department is to coordinate, educate and advocate for programs and services that improve the health status and general well-being of Orland Township residents. For more information on Orland Township and services offered, visit www.orlandtownship.org.