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  • Respiratory transmission
  • Required for Hajj travelers to Saudi Arabia
  • Recommended for month-or-longer stays to high-risk areas
  • Required for stays on certain college campuses
  • Single shot provides 5 years of protection

QuestionMeningitis vaccination- when to get one

What is Meningitis and how is it transmitted?

Meningitis is a bacterial disease spread through coughing, sneezing or through person-to-person contact (including kissing, sharing drinking glasses or utensils, and intimate contact).

Symptoms include sudden fever, intense headache, stiff neck, and nausea and vomiting.

Where and how common is it?

High-risk areas for contracting Group A meningococcal Meningitis include, Angola Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Saudi Arabia.

What protection is available?

Meningitis vaccine is the quadrivalent and inactivated vaccine and is the best protection available. A single shot provides protection against strains A, C, Y, and W135 of the disease.

The vaccine is one shot and a booster dose every 5 years.

Is it required?

It is required in people attending the Hajj (Mecca) and Umrah pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia and seasonal workers in the Hajj area.

Saudi Arabia now requires proof of vaccination

Vaccination for meningitis is recommended for the following people:

  • People staying in high risk areas for one month or more.
  • Adults with no spleen-or a poorlyfunctioning spleen-if travelling to a country with increased risk of serogroups A, W135 and Y disease.
  • People engaging in high-risk holidays or work, such as backpacking or living in rural communities.

Have I received it in the past?

It is unlikely, unless you have traveled to the above countries or stayed in the college campus. The immunity last for 5 years.

Is it covered by insurance?

Typically no.

Who should not receive the vaccine?

Anyone with a current high fever, or anyone who has had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of this medicine.

Are there any side effects post vaccination?

Injection site redness occur in approximately 10% of meningitis vaccine recipients and last for approximately 24-48 hours.

Severe reaction (lip and tongue swelling, rash, shortness of breath, etc) after immunization is extremely rare

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  • Polio
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