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Vaccination is recommended for people travelling to countries where they are at greater risk1,2

The NHS recommends meningococcal ACWY vaccination for people travelling to sub-Saharan Africa.1,2 Additionally, all pilgrims over the age of two travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the Hajj or Umrah are required to show proof of vaccination with meningococcal ACWY vaccine in order to obtain an entry visa.1,2

Vaccinations for travellers are generally available from pharmacists, travel clinics and private clinics

Vaccines for travellers are not provided free of charge by the NHS. If you do not fall into one of the age groups entitled to routine vaccination, you can still help protect yourself against meningococcal meningitis by having a private vaccination.

These can generally be obtained from pharmacists, travel clinics, private clinics and some GP practices.

No single vaccine protects against all types of meningitis.3 This is why it is important to keep your vaccinations up-to date.


1. TravelHealthPro. Meningococcal disease factsheet. Last Accessed September 2019

2. MIMS. Travel destinations requiring meningitis vaccination updated. Last Accessed September 2019

3. National Health Service. Meningitis: vaccination. Last Accessed September 2019

4. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Annual epidemiological report 2014 – Vaccine-preventable diseases – invasive bacterial diseases. Stockholm: ECDC; 2015.

5. Memish ZA, et al. Invasive meningococcal disease and travel. J Infect Public Health. 2010;3(4):143–51. doi: 10.1016/j.jiph.2010.09.008.

Your Risk

Meningitis is a global disease, but the likelihood of contracting meningococcal disease varies from country to country.4 People who travel to countries with high disease occurrence or to places that have been affected by a recent outbreak are at increased risk.5 Follow this link to learn about the risks of meningococcal disease for you and others.

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