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Menomune Warnings and Precautions

If you are moderately to severely ill, it's a good idea to wait before getting vaccinated with Menomune. Warnings and precautions also apply to people with an immune-suppressing condition and women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to another meningococcal vaccine, you should avoid Menomune.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Getting Menomune?

Prior to receiving Menomune® (meningococcal vaccine), talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
  • Had any sort of a reaction to a vaccine before
  • A moderate or severe illness
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • An immune-suppressing condition, such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell the healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Menomune

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Menomune include the following:
  • Menomune single-dose vials do not contain thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative. People who are concerned about exposure to this substance can be confident that this vaccine has no thimerosal in the single-use vials -- not even trace amounts. However, the multidose vial does contain thimerosal: 25 mcg of mercury per dose.
  • Some people also are concerned about the aluminum content of vaccines. Menomune contains no aluminum.
  • This vaccine is not made from animal components or human fetal cell lines, unlike some vaccines.
  • Menomune vials contain latex. This can be a problem for people with latex allergies.
  • You can receive Menomune if you have a mild illness, such as the common cold. However, it is usually best to postpone the vaccine in the case of a moderate or severe illness.
  • Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have ever had any serious reactions (including Guillain-Barré syndrome) to any vaccines in the past.
  • If you have an immune-suppressing condition, this vaccine may not be as effective as usual for protection against invasive meningococcal disease, as your immune system may not be fully capable of responding to it.
  • Menomune is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means it is unknown if it is safe for use during pregnancy (see Menomune and Pregnancy).
  • As with most vaccines, Menomune is considered safe for breastfeeding women (see Menomune and Breastfeeding).
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