Meningitis

Meningitis is a condition which can be caused by a variety of different organisms leading to an infection of the membranes that line the brain and spinal canal.
It is a potentially serious and sometimes fatal condition.

Symptoms include fever, headache, rash (non blanching), photophobia (light sensitivity), neck stiffness, nausea and vomiting.

You can reduce your chance of contracting certain bacterial strains of meningitis by getting vaccinated – there are 3 different vaccines currently available:

Meningitis B – this has recently been incorporated into the routine immunisation schedule in the UK. It is a potentially life threatening infection and accounts for the vast majority of meningitis infections in children. Children born after the 1st of May 2015 are eligible for the vaccine on the NHS. 3 doses are given at 2 months, 4 months and 1 years old. If your child was born before 1st May 2015 you can still get them vaccinated in a private clinic.

Meningitis C / HIB B – this is a combination vaccine that protects against the meningitis C strain and haemophilus influenzae type B. This vaccine is given as part of the routine UK immunisation schedule at 1 years old.

Meningitis ACWY – this vaccine protects against 4 different strains of bacterial meningitis. As part of the UK immunisation schedule it is now offered to school children aged 13 and to first time university students.
It may also be recommended to patients before travelling depending on location. For patients travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage, it is a requirement to have received the meningitis ACWY vaccine within the last 8 years and have certification of this prior to travel.
It is recommended to get vaccinated 2 weeks prior to travel.

Key Points:
• Can be given with other vaccines
• Cost of Vaccination and certificate £65

Please contact us for further information.