Why do adults over 24 not need to get the Meningococcal C...

Question: 

Why do adults over 24 not need to get the Meningococcal C Conjugate (Men-C) Vaccine? Are they not at risk for it?

Answer: 

In BC, our publicly funded (free) meningococcal vaccine programs are for those most at risk of invasive meningococcal disease in Canada: children younger than 5, followed by people aged 15-19 years. In BC, our routine vaccine schedule provides Men-C-C vaccine at 2 and 12 months and is also free for people born before 2002 who are 24 years of age and under who did not get a dose of vaccine on or after their 10th birthday. We provide the Men-C-A, C, Y, W vaccine to students in grade 9. Learn more about meningococcal vaccines' recommendations and who is eligible here.

Adults can discuss meningococcal vaccines and disease protection with their health care provider. Meningococcal vaccines can be purchased at travel health clinics, most pharmacies and some doctors' offices. Learn about why all vaccines are not free here.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Monday, Aug 20, 2018