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What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, which are the thin membranes that cover and protect the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Meningitis is also referred to as Meningococcal Meningitis, and is serious illness which can cause death in a short period of time if it’s not treated immediately. The most common symptoms of meningitis are severe headache, high fever, neck stiffness, and vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor right away.

How is Meningitis transmitted?

Meningitis is usually transmitted through close contact with respiratory secretions or saliva, such as coughing or kissing. It can also be spread through contact with contaminated objects, such as sharing utensils or cups. Meningitis can also be transmitted through contact with infected animals, such as rodents or rabbits.

How can I protect against Meningitis?

The best way to protect against meningitis is to get vaccinated.

 

Can Meningitis result in serious illness or complications?

Yes, meningitis can result in serious illness or complications. Meningitis can lead to hearing loss, brain damage, or even death. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the symptoms of meningitis. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to preventing serious complications from meningitis.If you have any questions about meningitis or the vaccines available to protect against it, be sure to talk to your doctor. 

Which individuals are at heightened risk from Meningitis?

Some individuals are at heightened risk from meningitis, such as those who work in close contact with others, travel to certain countries, or have certain medical conditions. Some regions such as Saudi Arabia during Hajj, or the “Meningitis belt” in Africa are at increased risk as well.

The best prevention from Meningitis is the vaccine!

Why should I get the Meningitis vaccine?

The meningitis vaccine is an important tool in protecting against this serious disease. It’s safe and effective, and it can help you avoid the potentially devastating complications of meningitis.

How long before travel should I get vaccinated for Meningitis?

You should get vaccinated at least two weeks before travel. This will give the vaccine time to start working and provide you with the best protection against meningitis. If you’re unable to get vaccinated two weeks before travel, you should still get vaccinated as soon as possible. Even if it’s closer to your travel date, the vaccine will still provide some protection against meningitis.

How long before travel should I get vaccinated for Meningitis?

You should get vaccinated at least two weeks before travel. This will give the vaccine time to start working and provide you with the best protection against meningitis. If you’re unable to get vaccinated two weeks before travel, you should still get vaccinated as soon as possible. Even if it’s closer to your travel date, the vaccine will still provide some protection against meningitis.

What types of vaccines are available for Meningitis?

Swift Clinics can provide two main types of vaccine for Meningitis. Menveo or Menactra provide protection against four type of bacteria (A, C, Y, and W-135), and Menjugate provides protection against Neisseria Meningitidis Serogroup C.

What precautions should I take to minimize the chances of getting a Meningitis infection when traveling?

There are several precautions you can take to minimize your risk of getting meningitis when traveling:

Can I receive a certificate of vaccination for Hajj?

Swift Clinics can provide a certificate of vaccination against meningitis to any travelers or pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah.
This may be required for a visa to enter the country.

Which countries and regions present a higher risk of Meningitis transmission?

Meningitis is more common in countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. There is also a higher risk of transmission during Hajj, an annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Following countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are considered part of the African meningitis belt:

If you are travelling to any of these areas, it is important to talk to your health care provider about getting vaccinated against Meningitis. There are several options available for Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination through Swift Clinics, such as Menactra, Menveo, and Menjugate.

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Disclaimer : This general information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional.  If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider.

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