An Introduction To Meningitis Vaccine

Meningitis is also a concern for international travelers. This infection occurs worldwide, but the highest risk occurs in the 'meningitis belt' in Africa from Mali to Ethiopia. There are different types of meningitis- Spinal, viral, and bacterial are just three-and vaccination guards against all of them.

Generally speaking, meningitis is an inflammation of the membrane that covers and protects the brain inside the skull cavity and that also protects and covers the spinal cord. You should take Meningococcal conjugate vaccine to prevent Meningitis.

Meningitis is a deadly disease. It spreads after prolonged or close contact with an infected individual, not from casual encounters. Treatment is often delayed as the symptoms of meningitis – fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting – are mistaken for a simple viral infection.

Two symptoms that are typical of meningitis are a stiff neck and avoidance of bright lights, although meningitis patients may not have these symptoms. Prompt suspicion of the disease and early treatment can be literally lifesaving.

Fortunately, there is a meningitis vaccine available, which should be administered at least 10 days before departure to regions with meningitis risk, although even last-minute travelers should be vaccinated.

Your travel doctor will be up-to-date on the latest developments in worldwide meningitis infection patterns. Your particular itinerary and season of travel will be critical to determine if this vaccine is necessary. In addition to meningitis vaccine, travelers may require many other important travel vaccinations before departure.