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Meningitis ACWY

The meningococcal disease often leads to meningitis and the two terms are often used interchangeably, The MenACWY vaccine is used as a travel vaccine for those visiting countries with a higher incidence of the disease

Travel Vaccinations at Village Pharmacy

Meningitis ACWY is a highly effective vaccine that protects you from the meningococcal bacteria that is responsible for meningitis and septicaemia – both of which can be life-threatening. Since teens and young adults getting ready to go to university are at increased risk for meningitis, they should get the Meningitis ACWY vaccination.
The (mandatory) meningitis ACWY vaccine is also available for Muslim pilgrims attending Hajj and Umrah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

You can book an appointment with Village Pharmacy for a meningitis vaccination in Charlton or at any of our other convenient southeast London branches.

Symptoms of Meningitis

Early meningitis symptoms for teens and adults may be similar to the flu and may include

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Where is This Virus Found?

Due to the mass gatherings to places such as Hajj and Umrah there are unique health risks associated with these visits. Early summer each year, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health issues the requirements and recommendations for entry visas required to visit pilgrims and seasonal workers who intend to visit KSA during Hajj and Umrah season.

Meningococcal ACWY vaccines are recommended or required for travel, once vaccinated Village will issue the Universally recognised ACWY vaccination certificate. The MenACWY vaccine is used as a travel vaccine for travellers attending the Hajj and those visiting countries with a higher incidence of meningococcal disease, such as parts of Africa and Latin America.

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Protecting you and your family whilst you're abroad

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Protect Your Loved Ones with The Meningitis ACWY Vaccination

Meningitis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

The meningitis ACWY vaccination is an effective and safe way to develop protection against some of the common causes of meningitis – vaccination provides protection against 4 different types of bacteria (meningococcal groups A, C, W, and Y) that can cause meningitis.

If you’re getting ready to start university or are preparing to venture outside of the UK to a high-risk area, be sure to include a visit to a Village Pharmacy Travel Clinic to get your meningitis vaccination in Woolwich, Charlton, Greenwich, Abbey Wood, Eltham, Plumstead, Lewisham, Thamesmead, Canary Wharf, Bexley, or Bromley. Our travel health specialists can also provide valuable advice on how to prevent meningitis and other illnesses and diseases while travelling.

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Immunising those at greatest risk of becoming ill helps to protect them from the disease and prevents its spread within the community. 

At Village Pharmacy, we are here to provide vaccination and healthcare services to keep you healthy!
If you are looking for meningitis vaccination services near me, visit your local Village Pharmacy to get the meningitis vaccination in Woolwich or at any of our other 11 branches in southeast London.

Together, against Meningitis

Meningococcal B is another strain of bacteria that can cause Meningitis, it is not included in the MenACWY vaccine but has now been included in the National vaccination programme since late 2015, any children/adults born prior to 2015 may wish to include this vaccination, especially young adults as the Disease has been back on the rise from 2021.

“Fresher” students going to university for the first time should make sure they’ve had the MenACWY and MenB vaccine to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly.

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Who Should Get the Meningitis ACWY Vaccine?

The Meningitis ACWY vaccine is recommended for:

  • Adolescents aged 15-19 years old.
  • Students prior to starting University.
  • People travelling to areas of the world where Meningitis ACWY strains are more prevalent such as Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Muslims participating in the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
  • People with a weakened immune system.
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Additional Information

Schedule 0 , No booster required HOWEVER current data suggests Vaccination lasts 5yrs

Meningitis is a broad term which can be caused by some viruses like Mumps (Given in MMR) but also unusually Pneumonia, HSV and enteroviruses

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Want to know about the Travel Vaccinations?

Meningitis ACWY is the name of the vaccine that protects against meningitis and septicaemia which are both caused by the 4 types of meningococcal bacteria: A, C, W, and Y.

The Meningitis ACWY vaccine is highly effective against 4 different strains of meningococcal – A, C, W, and Y. However, it is important to remember that no vaccine can provide 100% protection.

Most of the side effects are mild and usually disappear after one or two days. Side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Low-grade fever
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

Yes, the Meningitis ACWY vaccines have been certified as Halal.

Book now for your vaccinations at Village Pharmacy!

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