Meningococcal Vaccines, All Types
NOTE: According to U.S. federal laws, the health care provider must record in the patient's permanent record the manufacturer, lot number, administration date, and the name and address of the person administering the vaccine.
Inform the patient, parent, guardian, or responsible adult of the benefits and risks of the vaccine. Provide the Vaccine Information Statements from the manufacturer to the recipient or guardian before each immunization. The action is required by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.
If a meningococcal vaccine has been previously given, question the patient, parent, or guardian about any symptoms or signs of an adverse reaction.
Complete a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) report form if adverse events have been identified. The reporting of events is required by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. The toll-free number for VAERS is 1—800—822—7967. Also, report an adverse event to the manufacturer. Depending on the adverse reaction, a subsequent dose may be contraindicated
Health care professionals administering vaccines should take appropriate precautions to prevent allergic reactions in vaccine recipients. The health care professional should have immediate availability of epinephrine (1:1000) injection and other agents used in the treatment of severe anaphylaxis in the event of a serious allergic reaction.
Fractional doses (doses < 0.5 ml) should not be administered.
Visually inspect parenteral products for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration whenever solution and container permit. Following vigorous shaking, the meningococcal group B vaccine, recombinant is a homogenous white suspension. If discoloration or visible particulate matter are present, discard the syringe.
Do not mix with any other vaccine or product in the same syringe.
Before administration, clean skin over the injection site with a suitable cleansing agent.
The prefilled syringe requires vigorous shaking before administration to ensure a homogenous white suspension; DO NOT administer if the vaccine cannot be re-suspended.
The preferred injection site is the deltoid muscle of the upper arm for children, adolescents, and adults. Do NOT inject into the gluteal area or other areas where there may be a major nerve trunk. Also, do not inject into an area that has been or will be used for another injection. A separate injection site is needed.
anaphylactoid reactions / Rapid / Incidence not known
erythema / Early / 11.8-17.1
syncope / Early / Incidence not known
Common Brand Names
Recombinant vaccine comprised of antigenic meningococcal surface proteins
Used for prevention of N. meningitidis serogroup B infections
Administer to patients 10 years of age and older who are considered high risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease; vaccine may be administered at the discretion of the treating clinician to adolescents and young adults aged 16 to 23 years; preferred age is 16 to 18 years
Specific guidelines for dosage adjustments in hepatic impairment are not available; it appears that no dosage adjustments are needed.Renal Impairment
Specific guidelines for dosage adjustments in renal impairment are not available; it appears that no dosage adjustments are needed.
Deucravacitinib: (Moderate) Patients receiving immunosuppressant medications may have a diminished vaccine response. When feasible, administer indicated vaccines at least two weeks prior to initiating immunosuppressant medications. If vaccine administration is necessary, consider revaccination following restoration of immune competence. Counsel patients receiving immunosuppressant medications about the possibility of a diminished vaccine response and to continue to follow precautions to avoid exposure after receiving the vaccine.
Elivaldogene Autotemcel: (Moderate) Patients receiving immunosuppressant medications may have a diminished response to non-live vaccines. When feasible, administer indicated vaccines at least six weeks prior to initiating immunosuppressant medications. If vaccine administration is necessary, consider revaccination following restoration of immune competence. Counsel patients receiving immunosuppressant medications about the possibility of a diminished vaccine response and to continue to follow precautions to avoid exposure after receiving the vaccine.
Ocrelizumab: (Moderate) Administer all non-live vaccines at least 2 weeks before ocrelizumab initiation, whenever possible. Ocrelizumab may interfere with the effectiveness of non-live virus vaccines. Attenuated antibody responses to tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine, pneumococcal polysaccharide and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, and seasonal influenza vaccine were observed in patients exposed to ocrelizumab at the time of vaccination during an open-label study. Infants born to mothers exposed to ocrelizumab during pregnancy may receive non-live vaccines as indicated before B-cell recovery; however, consider assessing the immune response to the vaccine. ACIP recommends that patients receiving any vaccination during immunosuppressive therapy or in the 2 weeks prior to starting therapy should be considered unimmunized and should be revaccinated a minimum of 3 months after discontinuation of therapy. Passive immunoprophylaxis with immune globulins may be indicated for immunocompromised persons instead of, or in addition to, vaccination.
Ofatumumab: (Major) Administer all needed non-live vaccines according to immunization guidelines at least 2 weeks before initiation of ofatumumab. Ofatumumab may interfere with the effectiveness of inactivated vaccines due to its actions, which cause B-cell depletion.
Satralizumab: (Major) Administer all non-live vaccines according to immunization guidelines at least 2 weeks before initiation of satralizumab.
Siponimod: (Moderate) Administer all non-live vaccines at least 2 weeks before siponimod initiation, whenever possible. Vaccines may be less effective if given during siponimod treatment. Patients should be considered unimmunized if vaccinated within a 14-day period before starting immunosuppresive therapy or during immunosuppressive therapy, and should they be revaccinated at least 3 months after therapy is discontinued if immune competence is restored.
Ublituximab: (Moderate) Patients receiving immunosuppressant medications may have a diminished response to non-live vaccines. When feasible, administer indicated vaccines at least two weeks prior to initiating immunosuppressant medications. If vaccine administration is necessary, consider revaccination following restoration of immune competence. Counsel patients receiving immunosuppressant medications about the possibility of a diminished vaccine response and to continue to follow precautions to avoid exposure after receiving the vaccine.
TRUMENBA Intramuscular Inj Susp: 0.5mL, 60-60mcg
>= 26 years: Safety and efficacy not established.
18—25 years: 0.5 ml/dose IM.
Safety and efficacy not established.Adolescents
0.5 ml/dose IM.Children
10—12 years: 0.5 ml/dose IM.
<= 9 years: Safety and efficacy not established.
Safety and efficacy not established.Neonates
Safety and efficacy not established.
Mechanism Of Action
Meningococcal disease is a result of an invasive infection by Neisseria meningitis; the five main N. meningitis serogroups responsible for meningococcal disease are A, B, C, Y, and W-135. Vaccination with meningococcal group B vaccine, recombinant provides protection against invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B. Neisserial adhesin A (NadA), Neisserial Heparin Binding Antigen (NHBA), factor H binding protein (fHBP), and PorA P1.4 (present in outer membrane vesicles [OMV]) are meningococcal surface proteins which contribute to the ability of the bacterium to cause disease. There are 2 immunologically distinct fHBP subfamilies, A and B. The Trumenba vaccine is composed of two recombinant factor H binding protein (fHBP) variants from serogroup B, one from fHBP subfamily A and one from subfamily B. The Bexsero vaccine is composed of NadA, NHBA, fHBP, and PorA P1.4. Immunization with the vaccines induces complement-mediated antibody dependent killing of N. meningitides. The vaccines provide bactericidal activity against serogroup B meningococci; however, vaccine efficacy depends on the antigenic similarity of the bacterial and vaccine antigens, as well as the amount of antigen expressed on the surface of the invading N. meningitides.
Meningococcal group B vaccine, recombinant is administered intramuscularly. Vaccination does not ensure immunity. Distrubution, metabolism, and excretion of the vaccine have not been defined.
Efficacy of the 3-dose vaccination series was evaluated during a clinical trial involving pediatric patients, ages 11 to 17 years. These children and adolescents were administered the vaccine on a 0-, 2-, and 6-month schedule, with human complement (hSBA) titers, indicating serum bactericidal activity, measured one month after the 2nd and 3rd doses. The primary endpoints were the percentage of subjects with >= 4-fold rise in hSBA titers for each of the four test strains, and the percentage of subjects who achieved titers >= the lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) for all four strains (composite response). At one month after the 3rd dose a >= 4-fold rise in hSBA titers were observed in 85.3—86.4% for strain A22, 95—95.3% for strain A56, 83.4—84.8% for strain B24, and 77—80.7% for strain B44; the percentage of vaccine recipients to achieve the composite response of titers >= LLOQ for all four strains was 81—83.9%.
Pregnancy And Lactation
Meningococcal group B vaccine, recombinant is classified as FDA pregnancy risk category B. No adequate and well controlled studies have been conducted in pregnant women and the ability of the vaccine to cause fetal harm or affect the reproductive system is unknown. The manufacturer recommends use during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Additionally, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends deferring vaccination in pregnant women unless the woman is at increased risk and the benefits of vaccination are considered to outweigh the potential risks. Instruct women who become pregnant at the time of vaccination to report the pregnancy to their health care professional.
Data are limited regarding use of the meningococcal group B vaccine, recombinant during breast-feeding and its excretion in human breast milk is unknown. The manufacturer recommends caution when administering to nursing mothers; however according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), inactivated vaccines pose no risk for mothers or their infants. Additionally, breast-feeding does not adversely affect immunization; limited data suggest breast-feeding may enhance the immune response to certain vaccine antigens. Consider the benefits of breast-feeding, the risk of potential infant drug exposure, and the risk of an untreated or inadequately treated condition. If a breast-feeding infant experiences an adverse effect related to a maternally administered drug, health care providers are encouraged to report the adverse effect to the FDA.