Is Meningococcal Vaccine Appropriate in a Child Younger Than 1 Year?

April 1, 2014

Here, find the position of the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics on this question, followed by their joint recommendation.

Two meningococcal vaccines are approved for use in children as young as 2 months, Menveo and MenHibrix. Menctra can be given to children as young as 9 months. The CDC and AAP do not recommend their routine use, but do encourage the use of meningococcal vaccines in certain situations. 

Which of the following scenarios should prompt you to offer a meningococcal vaccine to a child under the age of 1 year?