Meningitis C Vaccine

Before you vaccinate ask:

  • Does my child really need this vaccination?
  • Is my child well enough to have this vaccine?
  • Has my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
  • Does my child or family have a history of:
    Vaccine reactions? Convulsions? Neurological disorders? 
    Allergies (asthma, antibiotics)? Immune system problems?
  • Do I have full information on the vaccine's side effects?
  • Do I know how to identify a vaccine reaction?
  • Do I know how and why my doctor should report a vaccine reaction?
  • Do I know the vaccine's name and batch number?
  • Do I know what chemicals and biological agents are in the vaccine?
  • Make informed vaccine decisions and help prevent vaccine reactions!

The meningococcal C conjugate vaccine (known as the meningitis C or MenC vaccine) has been created to protect against infection by meningococcal group C bacteria which can cause meningitis and septicaemia.

The MenC vaccine does not protect against meningitis caused by other bacteria or by viruses. Meningococcal group B is common in the UK, so it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis.  

Wyeth's Meningitec MenC Product Information Leaflet

Pfizer NeisVac-C Vaccine Product Information

Committee on Safety of Vaccines (now MHRA) review of the Men C vaccine May 2002 © John Fletcher 2012