MenB vaccine: low parental awareness translates to poor teenager uptake

  • Basta NE & al.
  • Vaccine
  • 23 Dec 2018

  • curated by Liz Scherer
  • Clinical Essentials
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  • Parents of teenagers appear to lack awareness of meningococcal B (MenB) vaccines, but a high proportion indicated a willingness to have their children vaccinated.

Why this matters

  • Parents are interested in, open to receiving information about MenB/meningococcal groups A, C, W, and Y (MenACWY) vaccines.
  • Low parental awareness of MenB and vaccines reinforces need to introduce discussion about the disease, risk/benefits of vaccination during routine office visits.

Key results

  • 445 parents completed survey.
  • 91.5% (95% CI, 88.5%-93.9%) were aware of meningococcal disease.
  • 68.8% (95% CI, 64.2%-73.0%) had not heard of MenACWY vaccines; 80.0% (95% CI, 76.0%-83.6%), 82.0% (95% CI, 78.1%-85.5%), respectively, had not heard of MenB vaccines Bexsero or Trumenba.
  • 89.6% (95% CI, 86.5%-92.3%), 91.2% (95% CI, 88.2%-93.7%) of parents were willing to vaccinate teenagers with MenB, MenACWY vaccines, respectively; 46.3% (95% CI, 41.6%-51.0%) approved of the full vaccine series.
  • 81.1% (95% CI, 77.2%-84.7%), 79.6% (95% CI, 75.5%-83.2%) of parents wanted more information from their doctors about MenB, MenACWY vaccines, respectively.

Study design

  • In-person, cross-sectional survey evaluating parental knowledge of/concern about meningococcal disease and vaccine, and willingness to vaccinate teenagers with MenB and MenACWY.
  • Funding: National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


  • Survey design.
  • Self-report bias.
  • Convenience sample, limited generalizability.

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