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  • Meningococcal B
  • For People with Risk Factors

Our practice has an 11-year-old patient who is having a splenectomy. The doctor requested meningococcal serogroup B vaccine (MenB) before the surgery and wants to know if the patient will need booster doses or a repeat MenB series at some point in the future (as in the meningococcal ACWY vaccine recommendations).

Yes. The 2020 ACIP recommendations for MenB include a booster dose schedule for MenB vaccination of people at high risk for meningococcal serogroup B disease. The first booster dose is recommended one year after completion of the primary series, with a subsequent booster dose administered every 2–3 years thereafter, as long as risk remains. Because MenB vaccine brands are not interchangeable, all doses, including booster doses, should be of the same MenB brand. If the brand of the primary series is not known or not available, CDC recommends restarting the primary series with the available product.

Last reviewed: July 15, 2023

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