Monday, May 23, 2011

Booster Now Recommended for Menactra

This is an awesome tip that I learned from Dr. Ernestine Lee (who is the Assistant Director here at Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency): A booster is now recommended for Menactra at age 16. Here is an excerpt of the CDC's recommendations:
All 11-12 years olds should be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4). Now, a booster dose should be given at age 16 years. For adolescents who receive the first dose at age 13 through 15 years, a one-time booster dose should be administered, preferably at age 16 through 18 years, before the peak in increased risk. Adolescents who receive their first dose of MCV4 at or after age 16 years do not need a booster dose.


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