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British Columbia Specific Information
In British Columbia, there are that can help protect against bacterial meningitis: the meningococcal C (Men-C) vaccine, the meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine, and the meningococcal B (Men-B) vaccine. The type of vaccine recommended depends on a person's age and risk factors.
The meningococcal C (Men-C) vaccine is provided free to infants as part of the routine infant immunization schedule. The vaccine may also be given to:
- People born before 2002 who are 24 years of age and under, who did not get a dose of vaccine on or after their 10th birthday
For more information, see HealthLinkBC File #23a Meningococcal C Conjugate (Men-C) Vaccine and the B.C. Immunization Schedules.
The meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine is offered to all students in grade 9 as part of the routine immunization program in B.C. This vaccine is also provided free to adults who are:
- ≤ 24 years of age and born in 2002 or later who have not received the vaccine
- Medically high risk
For more information, see HealthLinkBC File #23b Meningococcal Quadrivalent Vaccines.
The meningococcal B vaccine (Men-B) is not part of the publicly funded routine schedule of immunizations in B.C. It is provided free to those 2 months of age and older who have been in close contact with a case of meningococcal B disease. For more information, see HealthLinkBC File #23c Meningococcal B (Men-B) Vaccine.
To learn more about any of these vaccines, visit ImmunizeBC.
Adaptation Date: 1/19/2023
Adapted By: HealthLink BC
Adaptation Reviewed By: HealthLink BC