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Menomune Uses

How Does Menomune Work?

This vaccine contains polysaccharide (sugar) molecules from the outside coating of the N. meningitidis bacteria. Simply stated, this vaccine "tricks" the body into thinking it has been exposed to the actual bacteria, but without the risks of a real infection. If future exposure to the bacteria occurs, the immune system "remembers" the bacteria and is better able to fight it off.
Menomune is different from the newer version of the meningococcal vaccine (Menactra). With the newer version, the polysaccharides are attached to diphtheria toxoid proteins (this type of vaccine is known as a conjugate vaccine). This simple change in the newer vaccine makes it more effective for younger children, since children respond better to conjugate vaccines, and it provides longer-lasting immunity.

Off-Label Uses of Menomune

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this vaccine for something other than the uses discussed in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Menomune may be used off-label in children three months to two years of age during epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal diseases.
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