The meningococcal vaccine helps protect against a bacteria that can cause meningococcal disease. The infections are rare but can be very dangerous. 10-15 people out of 100 with meningococcal disease die. The meningococcal vaccine is the best way to protect teens and pre-teens from getting meningococcal disease. In Ohio, the meningococcal vaccine is required for entry into the 7th and 12th grades.
The Meningococcal ACWY immunization protects against four groups of bacteria (A, C, W, and Y) that commonly cause disease. The Meningococcal B vaccine protects against the B group of bacteria that commonly causes disease. It is completely safe to receive both immunizations during the same visit.