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Lung Transplantation

Meningitis Shot

09/22/2011

Question:

Can a person that had a double lung transplant get a meningitis shot?

Answer:

There are two kinds of vaccines that protect against Neisseria meningitidis available in the United States: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Menomune®), and meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra® and Menveo®) Published guidelines exist regarding their use. The following text was taken directly from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) statement for vaccination.

People who should not receive the vaccine

Who should receive the vaccine:

In 2009, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) updated the guidelines for vaccination of pediatric and adult solid organ transplant candidates and recipients. They do not recommend routine vaccination but support vaccination for anyone who has the above indications.

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Response by:

Robert  Schilz, DO, PhD Robert Schilz, DO, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University