Experience with MCV-4, a meningococcal, diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine against serogroups A, C, Y and W-135

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Invasive disease due toNeisseria meningitidiscontinues to cause debility and death worldwide in otherwise healthy individuals. Disease epidemiology varies globally, but most cases are due to serogroups A, B, C, W-135 or Y. MenactraTM (MCV-4), a quadrivalent, meningococcal diphtheria-conjugate vaccine against serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135, was licensed in the USA for individuals 11–55 years of age. Published results of clinical trials demonstrated robust immune responses that correlate with indicators of protection. MCV-4-induced antibody persist for up to 3 years after administration and anamnestic responses to revaccination. The vaccine was well tolerated; the most common reactions were transient, mild injection-site reactions and headache. MCV-4 should provide significant clinical benefits in the future.

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