Get to know the CDC recommendation for MenACWY vaccination
CDC recommends 2 doses of MenACWY—a primary dose at age 11-12 and a booster at 16—for all adolescents1
The CDC emphasizes the importance of vaccines for 16-year-olds.
The change was designed to address a problem.
According to the Immunization Action Coalition, the new “16-year-old” column brings much-needed attention to the fact that several CDC-recommended vaccinations due to be administered at 16 years of age are being overlooked by many providers.2
According to 2021 CDC survey data, only 60% of 17-year olds received a primary AND booster dose of a MenACWY vaccine6
CDC=Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; MenACWY=meningococcal serogroups A, C, W, Y.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevention and control of meningococcal disease: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR. 2013;62(2):1-30.
- Wexler D. Immunization Action Coalition. Technically speaking: New “16-year-old vaccination platform” highlighted in 2017 US child/teen immunization schedule. http://www.immunize.org/technically-speaking/20170222.asp. Updated May 26, 2017. Accessed February 5, 2020.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Immunization schedules: Recommended child and adolescent immunization schedule for ages 18 years or younger, United States, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html. Reviewed February 3, 2020. Accessed February 5, 2020.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meningococcal vaccination for adolescents: Information for healthcare professionals. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mening/hcp/adolescent-vaccine.html. Updated July 26, 2019. Accessed February 3, 2020.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccines and preventable diseases: Meningococcal vaccination. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mening/index.html. Updated July 26, 2019. Accessed February 11, 2020.
- Pingali C, Yankey D, Elam-Evans LD, et al. National vaccination coverage among adolescents aged 13–17 years—National Immunization Survey-Teen, United States, 2021. MMWR. 2022;71(35):1101-1108.