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Meningitis

About this service

The meningitis vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, which is a serious bacterial illness. Many colleges and boarding schools require it to protect students living in dorms. It is recommended that 11–12 year olds be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine with a booster dose given at age 16.

What to know before your visit

  • Patients must be 19 years or older in Connecticut, and 11 years or older in Kentucky.
  • This service is not available to pregnant women.
  • Patients with a history of allergy or adverse reactions to the vaccine may be directed to another health care provider.

What to expect at your visit

  1. Sign in at the electronic kiosk to see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.* No appointment necessary.
  2. Review the Vaccine Information Sheet.
  3. Your practitioner will administer the vaccine.
  4. At the end of your visit, your practitioner will provide you with a summary, a receipt and educational material.
  5. The summary of your visit can be sent to your primary care provider with your permission.
  6. Your practitioner will recommend that you remain in the clinic waiting area for 20 minutes to ensure you have no adverse reactions. Practitioners are trained to respond to anaphylactic reactions.

*MinuteClinic® employs physician assistants in select states. See here for details.

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