Meningitis Vaccines

*The Illinois Department of Public Health has made available a meningococcal disease brochure for college students and their parents.

All 11 to 12 year olds should be vaccinated with a meningococcal conjugate vaccine. A booster dose is required after age 16 years (before age 22) for those entering the University. The conjugate vaccine covers 4 serotypes of the Neisseria meningitis bacteria. (Serotypes A, C, W, Y).  Studies show the conjugate vaccine, first available in 2005 -- protection wanes after 5 years and a booster at age 16 is recommended. Brand names accepted include Menactra, MenQuadfi, Menveo, Nimenrix or Aramen.