Meningitis Protection

In response tp the tragic and sudden death of Brandon Kurtz from bacterial meningitis  our phone lines have been busy with inquiries from concerned parents.

Brandon had previously received the provincially funded routine vaccination against meningococcal meningitis.  BC routine childhood immunizations include Men-C at 2 month, 12 month and in Grade 6. Men-C does cover against Meningitis C, but not against other strains.

One of the other vaccines available to protect against meningitis is Menactra which is a quadravalent vaccine covering 4 strains of meningococcal meningitis (serogroups A, C, Y, and W 135), but not against meningitis B, which is the type most common in BC.

Menactra is recommended for people with medical conditions that put them at a higher risk of infection from meningococcal bacteria.   The vaccine is also given to close contacts of a person with meningococcal A, Y, or W-135 disease, or who are at risk of infection with these types of meningococcal bacteria during an outbreak.

The vaccine is also recommended, but not provided free for the following people:

  • Laboratory workers routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria
  • Military personnel
  • Students attending college or university particularly students living on campus
  • Those living or travelling in a high risk area for Meningococcal Disease.

For further information please call us at 604-681-5656.

At TMVC we carry Menactra at a cost of $130. You do not need a prescription or referral from your family doctor. Following the death of  Brandon, we are waiving the administration fee for people who want the additional protection. (note: the offer of waiving the admin fee for Menactra for non-travellers has now expired)