What is Meningitis?

Meningococcal meningitis is an acute bacterial disease that can cause systemic infection. There are 13 different serogroups of meningitis of which groups B and C are most common in the UK. Serogroup A and the less common W135 can cause serious epidemics which occur predominantly in the African meningitis belt from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east. These serotypes have also been responsible for outbreaks in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj pilgrimages. The disease is transmitted by sneezing, coughing or direct contact with respiratory secretions.

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Symptoms of Meningitis:

• Sudden high fever

• Severe headache that isn't easily confused with other types of headache

• Stiff neck

• Vomiting or nausea with headache

• Confusion or difficulty concentrating

• Seizures

• Sleepiness or difficulty waking up

• Sensitivity to light

• Lack of interest in drinking and eating

• Skin rash in some cases, such as in meningococcal

How My Travel Vaccine can help?

My Travel Vaccine can provide vaccination against the ACWY strains of meningitis in one single vaccine. Vaccination is a visa requirement for Hajj and Umrah visitors to Saudi Arabia and certification is provided by My Travel Vaccine to fulfil these visa requirements.

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