Meningococcal disease can cause meningitis and other serious infections. Studies reveal that approximately 1 in 10 people who get meningococcal disease will die from it, despite timely and appropriate treatment. Of the survivors, as many as 20% may have lasting problems such as brain damage, seizures, loss of limbs, loss of hearing. Given the devastating effects of this disease, it is extremely important to get vaccinated. At TEATREE Healthcare, we firmly believe that prevention is better than cure and offer a number of vaccination services including meningitis vaccination for adults.
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is an infection of the lining around the brain or spinal cord and can be fatal. Meningitis can be caused by a meningococcal disease. You could catch the meningococcal infection through close contact with someone who has the bacteria in their throat or nose. Initial symptoms of meningitis are similar to cold or flu. However, symptoms become more severe rapidly and could include a headache, nausea, vomiting, sudden high fever, stiff neck, fatigue, purplish rash on arms and legs and changes in mental state.
Who should get a Meningitis vaccine and how is it given?
It is ideal for all adults to get a meningitis vaccination and is strongly recommended for the following people:
- Those working with meningococcal bacteria in a lab
- Those living in or traveling to a country where meningococcal disease is common
- Those having a condition called terminal complement deficiency
- Those who may have been exposed to meningitis during an outbreak
- Those who work for the military
- Those who have a damaged spleen or it has been removed
- Those taking certain drugs such as eculizumab
- College students who need to live in a dorm
The meningitis vaccine for adults is usually a single dose that is injected either into a muscle or under the skin. Side effects of a meningitis vaccination are minor such as mild pain or soreness at the injection site and slight fever. It is very rare for a meningitis vaccine to cause a severe allergic reaction. Vaccines that protect against meningitis are generally quite effective; they can greatly reduce or eliminate the chance of getting the disease. If you have any concerns regarding the meningitis vaccine, consult one of our expert doctors.
TEATREE Healthcare Support
We, at TEATREE Healthcare, are committed to providing quality medical services so that you maintain optimum health. Our doctors and medical support staff are highly skilled and experienced and take every measure possible to provide the best care possible. Consult one of our doctors to know if you need a meningitis vaccination.