Updated September 6, 2016

Key Points

  • Based upon lab testing, the best protection against the specific outbreak strain is expected with the full 3-dose series of the meningitis B vaccine Trumenba®.
  • The meningitis B vaccine is different than the “ACWY” meningitis vaccine typically administered in junior high or high school (such as Menveo® or Menactra®). The meningitis ACWY vaccine does not protect against the bacteria which causes meningitis B.
  • If your patient previously received or will be receiving the meningitis ACWY vaccine for university housing, the meningitis B vaccine is still required to protect against meningitis B.
  • All Rutgers University–New Brunswick undergraduate students should receive the MenB vaccine Trumenba®. This includes all on-campus, off-campus, and commuter undergraduate students.
  • Verification of each meningitis B vaccine dose received is required.

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.

Common Questions

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®.

Please Note:

  • 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.

Resources

Information Links

MenB Vaccination Forms

Complete Vaccination Form Packet (PDF)

MenB Vaccination Form Packet Individual Pages