Who shouldn't get the meningococcal vaccine?
While the meningococcal vaccine is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended childhood vaccinations, children who fall into the following categories should not receive it:
- Kids who've had a severe allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, a fast heart beat or weakness or dizziness) to a previous meningococcal shot.
- Those with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome (a nervous system disorder also called GBS).
- Kids who are moderately or severely ill (more than just a cold, for example) should wait to get vaccinated.
- Anyone under 2 years old.
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about whether or not the meningococcal vaccine is safe for your child.