Meningitis

What is it?

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

 

How is it spread?

It is spread by droplet infection through close person to person contact. Risk is higher for those mixing with locals in affected countries for extended periods.

 

Advice for Travellers?

Respiratory infections are often difficult to prevent but following basic personal hygiene etiquette when coughing and sneezing can help. Avoiding overcrowded areas such as busy markets and local transport may also reduce risk of exposure.

 

Individuals should consider being vaccinated if they are travelling to a country where meningococcal meningitis is present and where their stay maybe prolonged or they are involved in activities which may increase the risk of exposure to the disease, for example, working in a healthcare setting and living closely with the local population.

 

For more information on advice on vaccinations and how to minimise your exposure to meningitis please call us or visit us in store.

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