• Meningococcal ACWY
  • Vaccine Recommendations

Who is recommended to be vaccinated against meningococcal ACWY disease?

MenACWY is recommended for these groups:

Routine vaccination of all children and teens, age 11 through 18 years: a single dose at age 11 or 12 years with a booster dose at age 16 years

Routine vaccination of people age 2 months or older at increased risk for meningococcal disease (the primary dosing schedule and booster dose interval varies by age and indication):

  • People with functional or anatomic asplenia
  • People who have persistent complement component deficiency (an immune system disorder) or who take a complement inhibitor (examples include eculizumab [Soliris] and ravulizumab [Ultomiris])
  • People who have HIV infection
  • People who are at risk during an outbreak caused by a vaccine serogroup
  • People age 2 months and older who reside in or travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa as well as to other countries for which meningococcal vaccine is recommended (e.g., travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the annual Hajj)
  • Microbiologists who work with meningococcus bacterial isolates in a laboratory
  • First-year college students living in residence halls who are unvaccinated or undervaccinated; these students should receive a dose if they have not had a dose since turning 16 or if it has been more than 5 years since their previous dose
Last reviewed: March 24, 2024

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