BCHHS Public Health Provider Alert: Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, not MenB, required for 7th & 12th graders

September 23, 2021

Dear pediatric care providers,

Please check that you and your staff are administering the correct meningitis vaccine to your adolescent patients so that they meet the state immunization requirements for 7th and 12th grades. The state requirement is for meningococcal conjugate vaccination, not meningitis B vaccination. You can find the NC requirements for K-12 students here:  https://immunize.nc.gov/schools/k-12.htm

NC state law requires the following meningococcal conjugate vaccinations for school-age children:

  • 1 dose is required for individuals entering the 7th grade or by 12 years of age, whichever comes first
  • A 2nd dose (booster) is required for individuals entering the 12th grade or by 17 years of age, whichever comes first. (This went into effect August 1, 2020.)
  • If the 1st dose is administered on or after the 16th birthday, a booster dose is not required.

For additional information about the CDC’s meningococcal vaccine recommendations, please see https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mening/hcp/recommendations.html.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter,


Jennifer Mullendore, MD, MSPH


Health & Human Services – Medical Director

(828) 250-6308 cell (828) 989-6145

40 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 

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