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Anyone have older kids and get them this vaccine? It says it's approved for ages 2 to 55, but the CDC recommends it for ages 11 to 18. I am thinking, if it's okay to give as young as 2, why wait until 11? My kids are in a lot of activities - Angus is especially at risk I think, he and a lot of his classmates have oral issues and put things in their mouths and drool - I am going to ask our doctor about it.
Crissy ♥ mama to Jack 7.16.01 ~ Mia Bella 10.29.02
Angus Pickle 2.24.04 ~ Sydney Bean 10.26.06 & Kater Tot 2.15.09
At our pedi's office, they will only vaccinate immune-compromised children under age 11 years with the Menactra. This is based on the CDC's published immunization schedule which recommends that only children at high risk receive the menactra before age 11 (if you look at the print at the bottom). I imagine this will change in the next 5 years however, and it will probably become a routine childhood immunization for ages 2 and over.
Nolan John turns 2 on 8/28/09 Thank you Jessica for the siggy!
I hope they do make it part of regular childhood vaccines. Being as involved with Meningitis Awareness as I am I've heard on two different occasions that a vaccine for younger children was in the works. One I heard straight from a drug representative.