The meningococcal vaccine is highly effective. However, it does not protect people against meningococcal disease caused by "type B" bacteria. This type of bacteria causes one third of meningococcal cases. More than half of the cases among infants under one year of age are caused by "type B," for which no vaccine is available in the United States.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccine information statement: meningococcal vaccines (01/28/08). CDC Web site. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-mening.pdf. Accessed October 5, 2009.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Licensure of a meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menveo) and guidance for use --- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010. MMWR 2010; 59(09);273.
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