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
The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.