This vaccination can protect travellers against meningitis groups A, C, W and Y and is recommended for people visiting high-risk areas including areas of Africa and the Middle East. Meningococcal disease occurs sporadically all over the world. You should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis with an ACWY vaccine (also known as the quadrivalent meningococcal meningitis vaccine) if you’re travelling to areas at risk and your planned activities put you at higher risk – for example, if you're a healthcare worker, visiting friends and relatives, or a long-term traveller who has close contact with the local population.
All travellers to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimages are required to show proof of vaccination.
The meningococcal meningitis vaccination is given as a single injection.
For children from 12 months through to five years of age at continued high risk of meningococcal disease, a second dose may be administered two months after the first dose.
Strains of meningitis differ globally, with different countries being troubled by different types of the disease. It is important that travellers are aware of this in case they need to be vaccinated against certain strains before travelling.
Travellers are strongly advised to book an appointment with our GP three or more weeks before travel to allow sufficient time for it an effective vaccination. If you are planning to take children under the age of two years, you should book about four months in advance.
It is important to emphasise that the meningitis vaccine your children will have had as part of their routine vaccinations (called Men C) will not give them the necessary protection for foreign travel.
People who remain at increased risk of invasive meningococcal disease may be revaccinated at intervals.
The duration of protection following immunisation is at least three years.
|Meningitis ACWY vaccination||£90 per dose*
(£65 for vaccination + £25 appointment fee to administer the vaccine)
* Patients who require multiple vaccinations within the same appointment are eligible for a £25 discount for each additional vaccine and are only required to pay the £25 appointment fee once. Please check in advance that the combination of vaccines required is clinically recommended and appropriate.
** A £25 deposit is required per patient at the time of booking.