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, however, we do 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 also advise vaccinating against the Meningitis B and the Meningitis C infections.
Symptoms of Meningitis
Symptoms can be flu-like, symptoms develop suddenly and can include some of the following:-
- Fever (a high temperature of 38C or above)
- Severe headache
- Rash (not in all cases of meningitis)
- Stiff neck
- A dislike of bright lights
- Drowsiness or unresponsiveness
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.