Meningococcal vaccine is not routinely recommended for babies and children in India. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine is only recommended for certain children from age 2 months to 10 years, who are at high risk of getting sick from meningitis in the event of its outbreak. Infants, young children, adolescents and adults who have complement component deficiency, have damaged spleen or whose spleen has been removed or are HIV infected are more prone to Meningococcal infections and should get the suitable vaccine according to their age.
The vaccine becomes mandatory for people in close contact with the diseased person in the event of outbreaks. People traveling to or residing in Meningococcal epidemic prone areas need to get vaccinated. It is essential to show documentary proof of meningococcal vaccines administered to the person at least 2 weeks before traveling to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) for Hajj. International travelers to sub-Saharan Africa also require Meningococcal vaccine.For further info about different types of available meningococcal vaccines and recommendations,