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Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine

Meningitis Vaccine Information

Travel Medicine Services at MDA located in Westfield, New Jersey offer travel consultations, travel immunizations and medications to help protect you while traveling internationally.

MDA Travel Medicine offers vaccination for bacterial meningitis. Meningitis can be caused by viral or bacterial infection. Bacterial infection is also known as Meningococcal disease.

People should know the symptoms of meningococcal meningitis, since early recognition and quick medical attention are extremely important.

Meningitis Immunization for Travelers

The bacteria that causes Meningococcal Disease is found worldwide. MDA Travel Medicine recommends vaccination against meningococcal disease to people who travel to or live in countries where the meningitis bacteria is epidemic, particularly if contact with the local population will be prolonged.

The incidence of meningococcal disease is highest in the “meningitis belt” of sub-Saharan Africa. The incidence of meningococcal disease is several times higher in the meningitis belt with periodic epidemics during the dry season (December–June).

Travelers to to Mecca during the annual pilgrimages must show proof of vaccination in the previous 3 years. Advisories for travelers to other countries are issued when epidemics of meningococcal disease are recognized, see the CDC Travelers’ Health website. Although most common in the African meningitis belt, meningococcal outbreaks can occur anywhere in the world.

Meningococcal Meningitis Symptoms

Meningococcal meningitis is characterized by sudden onset of headache, fever, and stiffness of the neck, sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, aversion to bright light, or confusion.

Viral Meningitis Prevention

Vaccines are also available to prevent certain types of viral infections that may cause meningitis or other central nervous system infections, including polio, seasonal flu, chicken pox, measles and mumps.

Learn more about the Meningococcal Vaccination and Meningitis at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Contact Us

Travel Medicine specialists see healthy people who plan to travel to foreign countries or locations where infection risk is higher. In these cases, infectious disease doctors can help you determine whether special immunizations or other preventive measures are necessary for your travel destination.

If you are planning a trip in the near future, call one of our convenient locations to make an appointment, and get the immunizations you need for your travel destination.

Travel Medicine Doctors

Office Location

525 Central Avenue, Suite C, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 233-0895 •   Fax: (908) 389-1933
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