The most important action you can take to protect against meningitis is to get vaccinated (immunization).
The routine public health vaccine schedule includes three vaccines that prevent meningitis in children and adults.
There are different times and options to get vaccinated, depending on your age, previous vaccinations, and other factors. Find out how to protect yourself and your family from the strains of meningitis.
Immunization programs may differ from province to province. If you’re unsure about your vaccination status, or how to get vaccinated, your health care provider can offer additional information.
There are vaccines against meningitis that are not funded through public health programs. We recommend speaking to your health care provider about these options and whether there is a cost involved.
Meningococcal C vaccine in the first year of life.
All jurisdictions offer a meningitis vaccine at one year of age. Some provinces offer the vaccine to infants as well.
Meningitis B vaccine
This vaccine is used to control outbreaks of disease, for people at high risk and other circumstances. In some countries this vaccine is provided to infants.
Quadrivalent Meningococcal vaccine
This vaccine protects against four types of Meningococcal bacteria. It is provided in adolescence in most parts of Canada, and for certain people at high risk. In some places outside of Canada the vaccine is given to young people going to living in residential settings such as college.
If you are interested in obtaining this vaccine speak to your health care provider.
Getting Vaccinated for Meningococcal Disease
Anyone can become infected by meningitis, and there are vaccination programs available for individuals of all ages. Find out which ones could apply to you.
However, no provinces or territories currently cover the cost of the Meningococcal B vaccine, for children or adults, unless they are at high risk of contracting meningococcal disease. If you have questions about the availability and costs associated with vaccination in your province, contact your health care provider or reach out.