FAQs

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What is meningitis B and how can BEXSERO help protect against it?

Meningococcal group B disease (also known as meningitis B) is an uncommon but serious disease that is caused by a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It can also cause a severe infection of the blood called meningococcal septicemia. It progresses quickly and can be fatal, sometimes within 24 hours.

Teens and young adults have an increased risk for meningitis B due to several factors, such as living in close quarters or being in close contact with others.

BEXSERO is the only meningitis B vaccine that can be completed in as fast as 1 month with just 2 doses.

About 1 in 10 young adults carry the bacteria that cause meningitis B—usually without symptoms—and may spread it to others. Also, the disease can spread from person to person through close contact, such as coughing or kissing, or living in close quarters. It’s important to remember that meningitis B is unpredictable. It can strike quickly and can sometimes be fatal within 24 hours. About 1 in 10 people infected with meningitis B will die.

A vaccine for meningitis B wasn’t available until late 2014; that’s why most 16 to 23 year-olds haven’t been vaccinated against this type of meningitis.

There are many different types of meningitis. The 5 vaccine-preventable groups of bacterial meningitis in the US are A, C, W, Y, and B. The meningitis vaccine your child may have received when they were younger didn’t cover meningitis B, since a vaccine for meningitis B wasn’t available until late 2014.

It’s important to receive both doses of BEXSERO at least one month apart. Be sure to call your healthcare provider or pharmacist to make an appointment for your second dose.

No, the vaccine is designed to help prevent meningitis B and cannot cause meningococcal disease.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BEXSERO

  • Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of BEXSERO or who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose should not receive BEXSERO
  • The tip caps of the prefilled syringes contain natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions in latex-sensitive individuals
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
  • Fainting can happen after getting BEXSERO. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your healthcare provider may ask you to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after receiving BEXSERO
  • The most common side effects are pain, redness or hardness at the injection site; muscle pain; fatigue; headache; nausea; and joint pain
  • Vaccination with BEXSERO may not result in protection in all vaccine recipients
  • Ask your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of BEXSERO. Only a healthcare provider can decide if BEXSERO is right for you or your child

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BEXSERO

  • Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of BEXSERO or who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose should not receive BEXSERO
  • The tip caps of the prefilled syringes contain natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions in latex-sensitive individuals