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QUESTION: Does a patient living in the U.S. who has documentation of having had meningococcal vaccine at age 2 and 5 years in Saudi Arabia still need to have doses at ages 11–12 years and age 16 years or are the previous doses sufficient?
ANSWER: Even though Saudi Arabia uses a quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine routinely at those ages, doses given to a healthy child prior to the 10th birthday should not be counted as part of the U.S. series. The child should still receive meningococcal vaccine according to the routine U.S. schedule.
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