Expanded age range recommended for meningitis vaccine

July 9, 2007

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has broadened the recommended age range for meningococcal vaccination to all adolescents 11 to 18 years old.

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has broadened the recommended age range for meningococcal vaccination to all adolescents 11 to 18 years old. The agency made the decision based on data that showed an increased risk in this age group coupled with more availability of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine. This new information replaces previous recommendations to immunize only at the preadolescent physician's visit, those previously not immunized, at high school entry, or college freshman planning to live in a dormitory.

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