Updated March 27, 2019
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.