“This vaccine is not the same as the meningitis B & C vaccines you receive as a baby or in school or college.”
- Single injection
- Protects against meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y
- Required for Hajj or Umrah participants, and travellers to other high risk areas
Close contact with locals can put you at risk of infection, even if they do not appear to be ill.
How the vaccine works
This vaccine consists of a single injection which stimulates the body's immune system to fight the bacteria that cause meningitis and septicaemia.
After being vaccinated, around 1 in 10 people get a headache or nausea, or some soreness at the injection site. These side effects tend to settle within a few days.
|Risk of severe allergic reaction|
All LloydsPharmacy staff who provide this service are trained to manage anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include fainting, shortness of breath, falling blood pressure and swelling of the face and neck. Anaphylaxis is extremely rare and typically happens within ten minutes of receiving the injection.
|How do I receive the vaccination?|
When you order your vaccine you will be asked to select one of our participating pharmacies where you would like to receive your injection. Once our doctors have approved your order, you can call up your chosen pharmacy and book an appointment. All our staff are fully trained medical professionals.
What is meningococcal disease?
Meningococcal disease is caused by various forms of the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. Infection of this sort can cause bacterial meningitis, in which the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spine becoming inflamed, leading to fever, vomiting, a rash, sensitivity to light, seizures and in some cases death. Typically, 70-90% of people who have untreated meningococcal disease die from the condition.
How is meningococcal disease spread?
Meningitis is caught by being in close and/or prolonged proximity with a carrier (they can spread the disease without displaying symptoms). Coughing, kissing and sneezing are all common ways that meningococcal bacteria is spread.
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