Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)

What is Meningococcal disease (Meningitis)?

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis, an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Anyone can get meningococcal disease. But it is most common in infants less than one year of age, and in people with certain medical conditions. College freshmen who live in dormitories, military recruits, and individuals ages 15-19 have an increased risk of getting meningococcal disease.

Meningitis Vaccination

First year college students living in dormitories and other people who are at higher risk because of their jobs, health condition, or geographic location should receive a meningococcal vaccine.

A Meningitis vaccination is a recommended to some international travelers, depending on their itineraries. Bacterial meningitis occurs in sub-Saharan Africa, known as the meningitis belt, as well as in parts of South America and Asia. Saudi Arabia requires vaccination against meningococcus for those traveling to Mecca or Medina to perform the religious Hajj. An outbreak of  Meningococcal disease occurred in the year 2000 associated with the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and caused the Saudi Arabian government to mandate that all travelers receive the Meningitis vaccine prior to attending the pilgrimage to Mecca. (Resource ACP)

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