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  • Meningococcal ACWY
  • Vaccine Recommendations

Are there recommendations for meningococcal ACWY vaccination for people who reside in homeless shelters or halfway houses? In addition, can you comment on general vaccination recommendations for people who reside in homeless shelters or halfway houses?

Residence in a homeless shelter or halfway house is considered a high-risk indication only for hepatitis A vaccination because of the increased risk of hepatitis A exposure and serious illness among people experiencing homelessness or living in temporary housing. In all other respects, recommendations for vaccinating adult residents would be the same as those for all adults on the ACIP adult immunization schedule. Residents with medical conditions identified on Table 2 of the schedule should be vaccinated according to that table.

Any residents 18 or younger should be vaccinated according to the catch-up recommendations on the ACIP child/teen immunization schedule. People age 19 through 21 years are not recommended routinely to receive MenACWY. MenACWY may be administered through age 21 years as a catch-up vaccination for those who have not received a dose after their 16th birthday.

Last reviewed: July 15, 2023

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