Yes, the vaccine against meningitis B, known as Bexsero®, can provoke reactions and side effects. In babies and children with less than 2 years of age, the most common reactions are pain, swelling and redness at the injection site, fever and irritability.
In teenagers and adults, the most commonly observed side effects are: pain at the site of application, malaise, and headache.
In infants and children up to 2 years of age, the B meningitis vaccine may be administered alone or in combination with other vaccines.
When administered alone, the frequency of fever is similar to other routine vaccines for children in this age group.
When given with other vaccines, they increase the chances of Adverse reactions such as fever, irritation, change in eating habits, drowsiness and tenderness at the injection site.
THE fever usually disappears the day after vaccination. To alleviate or even prevent fever, paracetamol may be used. This medicine does not interfere with the effectiveness of the vaccine against meningitis B.
Besides the Bexsero® , which prevents meningococcal meningitis type B, there is also the meningococcal conjugate vaccine ACWY, which protects against meningococcal meningitis of types A, C, W and Y.
Both vaccines are only available in private clinics and are not part of the basic SUS vaccination schedule.
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