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Meningitis (ACWY)

What is it?

Meningococcal Meningitis is spread by droplet infection through close personal contact. Meningitis ACWY vaccine is advised if close contact with locals is expected in risk areas. Those working with children, or the local population or those  visiting families with children, are at higher risk.

Recommendations for Saudi Arabia

Meningococcal vaccination certificate requirements:

Meningitis ACWY for Hajj

Visitors from any country arriving for Hajj pilgrimage and Umrah, or for seasonal work, are required to produce a certificate of vaccination against meningococcal infections ACWY, which has been issued not more than 3 or 5 years (depending on the vaccine given) and no less than 10 days prior to arrival in Saudi Arabia.

All arrivals from countries within the African Meningitis Belt (Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Central African Republic; Cote d’Ivoire; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal and Sudan) will also be administered antibiotic treatment at the point of entry as an added precaution.

Vaccine Schedule

One Dose

Cost – £83 per dose

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Children – can be given to infants and children aged 2 months and over

Booster  – every 5 years for travel.

Boosters for Hajj and Umrah–  every 5 years. Hajj 2018 recommendations

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