Most meningococcal vaccines, including Menomune, are considered safe for women who are breastfeeding. However, with few exceptions, such vaccines are not recommended for routine use in most healthy adults. Therefore, it's important to talk with your healthcare provider about Menomune and breastfeeding in your particular situation. Together you can make a decision that is right for you.
Can I Receive Menomune While Breastfeeding?
Menomune® (meningococcal vaccine) is approved to prevent invasive meningococcal diseases, such as bacterial meningitis. It can be used in children age two and older, as well as in adults. At this time, most sources agree that breastfeeding women can safely receive most vaccines, including Menomune.
Although this vaccine is approved for use in adults, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend routine use of meningococcal vaccines like Menomune in most healthy adults, except in certain circumstances (see Menomune Uses for more information about who should receive this vaccine).
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Menomune. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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