Q. Is it compulsory for my child to take Menactra vaccine?

Answered by
Dr. Deepak Patel
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Jan 01, 2018

Hello doctor,

My son is 26 months old. The doctor has advised taking Menactra vaccine (Sanofi). Though this vaccine is not listed in IAP compulsory immunization schudule, is it necessary to take this? What are its side effects?

Dr. Deepak Patel

Child Health Paediatrics
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Hello,

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Menactra Vaccine (Meningococcal Vaccine (Group A, C, Y, and W-135)) is given to prevent meningococcal disease.

It is not mentioned in IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) compulsory immunization schedule. But in some places where meningococcus is prevalent, this vaccine is generally advised to be administered.

This vaccine has some side effects like low fever, redness or pain at the site of vaccine injection and irritability. But these are very mild in nature and can occur with other vaccines also.

In my opinion, it would be better if you give the vaccine to the child because meningococcal is a fatal disease and management is very difficult if the disease occurs in a child.

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