Adolescents and young adults (aged 15–24 years) who live in ‘close quarters’ include new military recruits and students living in residential accommodation.

Adolescents and young adults (aged 15–24 years) who live in close quarters are strongly recommended to receive:

  • 1 dose of MenACWY vaccine
  • 2 doses of MenB vaccine

For MenACWY vaccine, it is preferable for adolescents and young adults to receive either Menveo or Nimenrix, rather than Menactra. If Menveo and Nimenrix are unavailable, Menactra can be given.

There is no preference for either brand of MenB vaccine — Bexsero or Trumenba — for adolescents and young adults.

Bexsero and Trumenba are not interchangeable. The same vaccine should be used for both vaccine doses.

Adolescents and young adults have the highest rates of meningococcal carriage. Because of this, adolescents and young adults are thought to play an important role in transmitting the bacteria in a community.4 Living in close or prolonged contact with a person who is carrying meningococcal bacteria can increase the chances of the bacteria being passed between people.5-7 

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Last updated: 
8 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
8 June 2018