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Menomune and Pregnancy

Because Menomune hasn't been thoroughly studied in pregnant women, it's unclear whether the vaccine is safe for women who are expecting. Menomune has a pregnancy Category C rating, which means that it may be given to a pregnant woman if the benefits outweigh the risks. However, you should discuss the situation with your healthcare provider.

Is It Safe to Receive Menomune When Pregnant?

Menomune® (meningococcal vaccine) is approved to prevent invasive meningococcal disease. It is licensed for use in individuals age two and older. At this time, it is uncertain whether this vaccine is safe for use during pregnancy.

What Is Pregnancy Category C?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
In addition, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
Menomune has not been studied in any pregnant animals. It is not expected to cause significant or serious problems during human pregnancy. The reported cases of Menomune use during human pregnancy do not suggest a link between the vaccine and any birth defects or complications. However, because it has not been adequately studied in pregnant women, the possibility of problems cannot be ruled out.
In general, it is recommended that anyone who fits into the recommended groups for vaccination (such as people without a spleen) should receive the vaccination, pregnant or not.
(For more information about who should receive this vaccine, click Menomune Uses.)
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