Updated March 27, 2019

Key Points

  • Serogroup B meningococcal disease, sometimes referred to as “meningitis B”, can be deadly within hours or days of getting sick. It can also lead to severe disabilities, such as loss of limbs.
  • The meningitis B vaccine is different than the “ACWY” meningitis vaccine (such as Menveo® and Menactra®). The “ACWY” meningitis vaccine does not protect against the bacteria which causes meningitis B.
  • All Rutgers University–New Brunswick undergraduate students are strongly recommended to receive the meningitis B vaccine.
  • Students can be vaccinated at many NJ pharmacies, their local healthcare provider, or through Rutgers Student Health. Make sure to bring your insurance card and prescription card with you.

About the Serogroup B Meningococcal (MenB) Vaccine

The meningitis B vaccine is different than the meningococcal vaccine required of all students in University housing. The required vaccine for residential students only protects against serogroups A, C, W, and Y. It does not protect against serogroup B, which is the type that caused the infections on the Rutgers University–New Brunswick campus.

There are currently two licensed vaccines that protect against serogroup B meningococcal disease. The recommended schedule depends on which vaccine is given. You must use the same vaccine for all doses of the vaccination series.

  • Bexsero® is given as two doses, at least one month apart.
  • Trumenba®, in an outbreak setting, is given as three doses, with the second dose two months after the first and the third dose six months after the first.

As this has been classified as an outbreak setting, many insurance companies will cover the cost of the vaccine. You can confirm with your patient’s insurance company.

ICD-10 codes to be used to signify vaccination in this outbreak setting are Z23 and Z20.811

Information from NJDOH, including resources for clinicians, can be found here.

Information Links

NJ Department of Health Meningococcal Invasive Disease Page

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Meningococcal Disease Page

MenB Vaccination Forms

MenB Vaccination Verification Form (PDF)