Vaccinations for Teenagers - age 15 and older Meningococcal B

Invasive Meningococcal Disase (IMD) is an important cause of death and disability for which teenagers and young adults are at particular risk.  IMD mortality is approximately 10%.  Of  IMD survivors 10-20% have long term sequelae including hearing loss, neurologic disabilities and digit or limb amputations .  In Canada, IMD is caused by the two most prominent strains -  B and C strains.   Other vaccine preventable strains are A, W and Y strains.  

Meningococcal ACWY (Menactra/Menveo) is given to Ontario teenagers at no cost in grade 7.   We also encourage a booster of Meningococcal ACWY   in grade 12.  

Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero) Is recomenneded to prevent IMD caused by B strain  which is the most common strain leading to IMD in Canada.     We  encourage immunization against Meningococcal B strain to all teenagers age 15  and older.  It is not currently paid for by OHIP  and is available for private purchase in our office.    

Please call our office to book an appointment to recieve Meningococcal B vaccine

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