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Meningitis Vaccinations

About Meningitis

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and the spine.  It is a serious infection and can be fatal if not treated quickly. Meningitis is most common and serious in children, toddlers and babies. Teenagers, young adults and some adults may contract Meningitis.

We advise vaccinating against the Meningitis infection and include the symptoms below for your general information.  If you are concerned that someone is showing any symptoms of Meningitis you should contact a healthcare professional immediately.

We advise vaccinating against the Meningitis A B C W and Y strains of meningitis infections.

Symptoms of Meningitis

Symptoms can be flu-like and develop suddenly, including some of the following:-

  • Fever (a high temperature of 38C or above)
  • Nausea
  • Severe headache
  • Rash (not in all cases of meningitis)
  • Stiff neck
  • A dislike of bright lights
  • Drowsiness or unresponsiveness
  • Seizures

Meningitis Vaccinations

Meningitis ACWY – single dose

Students going to university for the first time should ensure that they have had the Men ACWY vaccine to prevent meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia).

Students should also have had 2 doses of the MMR vaccines as there can be outbreaks of mumps and measles at universities.

Meningitis B – 2-3 doses

Meningitis B was added to the NHS’s routine childhood immunisation programme in 2015 for babies born on or after 1st July 2015.

Adults and children who are not eligible under the NHS can request the vaccination privately at Medwyn Travel Clinic.

Book your private Meningitis vaccinations here