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The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum sends alerts via email to local health care providers. Alerts cover current local, regional or national health threats and important updates on medical care and protocols. Alerts are written as needed to cover urgent or emergent health issues.

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Meningococcal vaccine

Today’s topic: Meningococcal vaccine

Action requested:  Be aware of guidance to support provider recommendations to patients about meningococcal B vaccine.

Background & Recommendations: In October 2015, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommended meningococcal B vaccine for patients at high risk for this disease and for outbreak control, but left it to providers’ discretion whether or not to recommend the vaccine for other patients (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6441a3.htm). This recommendation differs from the ACIP recommendation for meningococcal conjugate ACYW vaccine (MCV4), which is recommended for all persons 11 through 18 years of age (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6202a1.htm).  The Washington State Department of Health has issued guidance to help providers manage use of the meningococcal B vaccine, including recommended language when talking with parents of children who are not at high risk.  See http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/348-NonDOH-ClinicalGuidanceMeningococcalBVaccine.pdf.

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