Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine, diphtheria conjugate is used to prevent infection caused by certain meningococcal bacteria such as Groups A, C, Y, and W-135.
It is an active immunizing agent works by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies (protection) against the bacteria and so your body will now fight against the infection.
The vaccine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.
It may not provide protection from disease in every person.
Menactra is recommended to be used in children between 9 months to 55years of age.
Manveo is recommended to be used in children between 2 months to 55years of age.
It is given by your doctor or under his/her supervision and is available in the form of suspension.
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Before starting the treatment your doctor should be informed about condition such as,
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.
There are no adequate studies done which prove Manveo safety in infants younger than 2 months of age and Menactra safety in infants younger than 9 months of age. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
There are no adequate studies done which prove its safety and efficacy in adults above 55 years of age.
It is not known if it can harm an unborn baby or not. There are no adequate studies done which prove its safety during pregnancy.
It is not known if it can pass into breastmilk or not. If you are using it while nursing, discuss the potential risks with your doctor.
Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine and Diphtheria conjugate may interact with other drugs. Your doctor should be informed of any other medicines which you are taking. He may want to change the dosage or drug.
Your doctor should be informed of any other vaccine you have received recently.
Inform your doctor if you have any immune system problem or other illnesses as it may not work as well in patients who have immune system problems or are taking medicine that suppresses the immune system, such as corticosteroids, chemotherapy or radiations.
You or your child may experience
numbness or tingling in arms, hands, or feet,
after receiving this vaccination. Your doctor may want you or your child to be observed for 15 minutes after you get the injection to prevent and manage fainting.
It may cause apnea (breathing stops for short period) in premature infants. Discuss it with your doctor if you have any concerns regarding it.
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