Meningococcal disease is not very common in the United States, but teens and young adults are at increased risk. Meningococcal vaccines protect against the serogroups of meningococcal disease that are most commonly seen in the United States. All 11 to 12 year olds should be vaccinated with a single dose of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine. A booster dose is recommended at age 16 so teens continue to have protection during the ages when they are at the highest risk of meningococcal disease.
Immunization rates for meningococcal conjugate vaccine for Connecticut teens are above national goals. Results from the CDC’s 2021 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) show that 94.9% (95% CI: 91.4-97.1) of adolescents age 13-17 years in Connecticut received at least one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. The Healthy People 2020 goal is 80% and the Healthy Connecticut 2020 goal is 93.2%.
Confidence intervals can be seen by hovering over each data point.
These data are current as of February 2023.
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Government: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CT Department of Social Services/Community Health Network (CHN), CT Department of Children and Families, CT Local Health Departments/Districts, Tribal Governments, Health Departments from other states, Emergency Response and Public Health Preparedness
Organizations and Coalitions: Connecticut Vaccine Advisory Council (CVAC), Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Foundation for Children, CT American Lung Association, American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA), Every Child By Two, Association of Immunization Managers (AIM), American Cancer Society
Business and Industry: Pharmaceutical companies that produce vaccines, Immunization Information System (IIS) vendors, electronic health record (EHR) vendors, insurance companies
Health Care: Private and public providers, community health centers, school based health centers, hospitals
Education: Daycares, schools and colleges, Board of Nursing, State Department of Education, Yale School of Public Health
Community Services: CT Department of Social Services, Community Health Network (CHN), Local WIC Offices, tribal services, services for immigrants and refugees, homeless shelters and programs, domestic violence shelters and programs, Hispanic Health Council, Maternal Infant Outreach Program - City of Hartford Health and Human Services (MIOP) , Family Strides, Head Start, Healthy Start, Nurturing Families, Connections, Mom’s Project, Positive Parenting, Project Mother Care, Reach out and Read, Birth to Three, libraries, churches, Community Health Center Family Wellness Center/New Britain, Weston Women’s League, Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA), Family and Children’s Agency (FCA) of Norwalk, Spanish Speaking Center, United Way
The Public: Parents and the general public
Universal access to meningococcal conjugate vaccine at no cost to patients and healthcare providers for all children. School immunization requirements for vaccine at seventh grade entry.
Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Recommendations regarding interventions to improve vaccination coverage in children, adolescents, and adults. Am J Prev Med 2000;18(1S):92–6.
ACIP Meningococcal Vaccine Recommendations: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/mening.html
School Immunization Requirements Regulations: https://eregulations.ct.gov/eRegsPortal/Browse/getDocument?guid=%7bC4C82D0A-894B-424F-AFA1-7EE530D7A0B1%7d
For current year priority strategies and actions, click here (right click to open link).
Assure costs of vaccines/administration for all ages are covered by all insurers
Maintain and expand access to Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended vaccines for children
Maintain and enhance Connecticut immunization registry, including across lifespan; implement comprehensive reminder/recall systems.
Use new and existing data systems to measure vaccine coverage among populations to identify disparities and target vaccine strategies.
The Connecticut Vaccine Program is Connecticut’s childhood vaccination program. It ensures all children in the state get the vaccinations they need, when they need them, to stay healthy. The state buys vaccine at the lowest possible price through a government contract, and gives the vaccines at no cost to clinics, private doctors, and other health care providers. These providers then vaccinate children without charging patients for the cost of the vaccine (health care providers may still charge an administration fee). Without this program, some insurance companies may not cover the full cost of vaccine, making it too expensive for some families. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine is available to all children 11-18 years of age at no cost through the Connecticut Vaccine Program.
At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, a mandate was introduced requiring vaccination against meningococcal disease for entry into seventh grade. An individual shall be considered adequately protected against meningococcal disease if that individual is enrolled in seventh grade on or after August 1, 2011 and was immunized with at least one dose of meningococcal vaccine.