Meningococcal meningitis is a highly serious form of bacterial meningitis that can lead to septicaemia. It is spread by droplets that come from a person who is either infected with the bacteria.
These infectious droplets can be transmitted from person to person via close or prolonged contact, such as kissing, coughing, sneezing or living in close proximity to an infected individual.
There are several categories of individuals that the vaccination is offered to:
You should consider having a vaccination for Meningitis ACWY if you’re travelling to:
Sub-Saharan Africa: Many of these countries make up the meningitis belt of Africa. Transmission can be year-round but peak incidences occur in the dry season.
Areas with outbreaks: those travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah. A valid certificate to indicate the vaccination has been given is needed to obtain a visa.
Meningitis ACWY is a vaccine-preventable disease. The vaccination can be offered to individuals from 12 months and above. A single vaccination is thought to provide protection for at least 5 years.
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