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Use of Meningococcal Vaccines in the United States

Bilukha, Oleg MD; Messonnier, Nancy MD; Fischer, Marc MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: May 2007 - Volume 26 - Issue 5 - pp 371-376
doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000259996.95965.ef
CDC Review Article

In January 2005, Food and Drug Administration licensed a new tetravalent (serogroups A, C, Y, W-135) meningococcal conjugate vaccine ([MCV4] Menactra) for use in persons 11–55 years of age. In February 2005, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended routine vaccination of adolescents and college freshmen living in dormitories with MCV4. The manufacturer started shipments of MCV4 in March 2005. MCV4 should become a key addition to existing meningococcal disease prevention measures.

From the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

Accepted for publication January 25, 2007.

Address for correspondence: Nancy Messonnier, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, MS C09, Atlanta, GA 30333. E-mail: nar5@cdc.gov.

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