The meningococcal vaccine, more commonly known as the meningitis vaccine, can cause various reactions and injuries. The meningococcal vaccine is administered to prevent meningococcal disease, which is a serious bacterial illness. Meningococcal disease is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord.
Two different meningococcal vaccines are used in the United States. MCV4 is the preferred vaccine for people under 55 years old, while MPSV4 is the vaccine used for persons older than 55. Generally MCV4 is given in two doses with the first administered at 11 or 12 years old and the second dose at 16 years old.
The meningitis vaccine may cause various severe allergic reactions. As many as half of the people who receive the meningococcal vaccine will experience mild side effects, including pain at the injection site. Some people also develop fevers and other side effects.
If you suffered a reaction, illness, or injury after receiving a meningitis vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a government fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund. Our firm has recovered over $25 million for vaccine injury claims in the last three years alone. For more information about the vaccine injury claims process, please click here.