Medications


Meningococcal Group B Vaccine (4 strain) suspension for injection

What is this medicine?

MENINGOCOCCAL GROUP B VACCINE, RECOMBINANT (muh ning goh KOK kal vak SEEN) is a vaccine to protect from bacterial meningitis. This vaccine does not contain live bacteria. It will not cause a meningitis.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • chills

  • diarrhea

  • fever

  • headache

  • joint pain

  • muscle pain

  • pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected

What may interact with this medicine?

  • certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots

  • medicines that lower your chance of fighting infection

  • other vaccines

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This vaccine is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding disorder

  • fever or infection

  • immune system problems

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to meningococcal vaccine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Report any side effects that are worrisome to your doctor right away.

This vaccine may not protect from all meningitis infections.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2019 Elsevier
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