Updated September 6, 2016
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 strain detected on campus in spring 2016.
To locate or confirm availability of Trumenba®, call your health care provider or local pharmacy, use the vaccine locator through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.vaccines.gov/getting/where/index.html, or call the Trumenba® Vaccine Locator Service at 1-800-683-8572.
As this has been classified as an outbreak setting, many insurance companies will cover the cost of the vaccine. You can confirm with your insurance company.
Why Is Trumenba® The Recommended Beningitis B Vaccine?
Based upon the lab testing of the serogroup B meningococcal disease detected on campus, the best protection against the specific outbreak strain at Rutgers University–New Brunswick is expected with the full 3-dose series of Trumenba®. Therefore, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and Rutgers University recommend, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that Trumenba® be administered to help protect against the particular strain present on the Rutgers University–New Brunswick campus.
What Should Be Done If a Rutgers University–New Brunswick Sudent Who Is Recommended for Vaccination Has Already Received 1 or 2 Doses of Bexsero®?
If someone has received 1 dose of Bexsero®, it is recommended that you administer another dose of Bexsero® at least 1 month after the first dose. If someone has received 2 doses of Bexsero® at least 1 month apart, no further doses of MenB vaccine are recommended.
If Someone Received 1 Dose of Bexsero®, Can They Finish the Series With Trumenba®?
No. Trumenba® and Bexsero® are not interchangeable. If there is a reason to switch from Bexsero® to Trumenba®, it is recommended to wait at least 1 month between products and then administer the full 3-dose series of Trumenba®.
Trumenba® Stock Availability
New Jersey Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, and Rite Aid pharmacies are reporting they have the Trumenba® vaccine in stock. Out-of-state Walgreens and Rite Aid pharmacies should be able to get Trumenba® through their distribution center within 24 hours. We will continue to provide updates on availability.
Please call your local pharmacy to confirm availability of Trumenba®.
- Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS and Walmart pharmacies do not need prescriptions to administer the MenB vaccine.
- If using a different pharmacy than above, please check with that pharmacy to determine if a prescription is needed.
- NJ Department of Health Meningococcal Invasive Disease Page
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Meningococcal Disease Page
MenB Vaccination Forms
MenB Vaccination Form Packet Individual Pages
- MenB Vaccination Form Instructions (PDF)
- Meningitis B Vaccination Information and Trumenba® Dose Tracker (PDF)
- MenB Vaccination Documentation Form for Dose #1 of Trumenba® (PDF)
- MenB Vaccination Documentation Form for Dose #2 of Trumenba® (PDF)
- MenB Vaccination Documentation Form for Dose #3 of Trumenba® (PDF)
- Alternate MenB Vaccine Documentation Form for Dose #2 and Dose#2 of Bexsero® (PDF)
- MenB Vaccination Declination Form (PDF)