No Meningitis Shortage

State health officials say there is not a shortage of meningitis vaccine.

There is, however, a short supply of the new vaccine called Menactra.

Department of Health and Family Service officials say the centers for disease control has limited the amount of new vaccine going to all states. Wisconsin is expected to get more than 30,000 doses.

But DHFS officials reassure both the new and original meningitis vaccines are effective, the only difference is the length of immunity.

"There's not a vaccine shortage, parents should feel confident in getting their child immunized with the original vaccine, it lasts for about 3–5 years, it's very effective and that way their child is still protected," says Stephanie Marquis of the Department of Health and Family Services.

The original vaccine is called Menomune. The state's Menactra doses will go to the Vaccines for Children Program, which provides shots to those eligible for Medicaid or the uninsured.


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