Burlington Travel Clinic
Meningococcal Meningitis Groups A, C, Y and W-135 Vaccine
This fatal disease, unfortunately, still occurs in some countries and traveller-sought destinations.
Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa or the “meningitis belt” pose the highest risk.
Being transmitted from person to person (like the common cold and flu), mass gatherings like Hajj pilgrimage results in outbreaks of meningitis. That’s why the Saudi Arabian government mandate a proof of vaccination against 4 particular strains of the meningococcal bacteria before they issue a visa to millions of pilgrims each year.
Meningococcal Meningitis is a serious illness that can lead to death or permanent disability.
Best traveling practices and self-protective measures are equally emphasized. These are discussed in more detail in our While You’re There section.
- The information in this page is for educational purposes only. It is not to substitute for a formal travel consult with your travel doctor.
- If you have health insurance offered to you through work or school you may be covered for vaccines. At time of payment, we will provide you with an invoice (with the unique DIN for each vaccine) so you can claim your expenses back from your insurance company.this vaccine is not covered by OHIP for travel purposes.
- Always seek immediate medical advice if you get sick abroad or after you return.
- person-to-person protective measures should be always implemented regardless of vaccination status.