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Meningitis Vaccinations in London

Travelling to Middle East or Africa? Protect yourself against Meningitis

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Basic Information

Infection Method

Meningitis is an extremely serious infection that causes inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. The most common cause is from a virus or bacteria. Meningitis can affect anyone at any time. Meningitis can be transmitted via droplet infection, kissing, sneezing, coughing, this is the most common form of transmission in mass gatherings (Hajj) or people living in very close proximity (university accommodation).


Symptoms appear after approximately 10-21 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Headache and muscle pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Cold hand and feet
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Stiff neck
  • Pale blotchy skin, rash

Complications of Meningitis

  • Ear infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Diarrhea
  • Immunosuppression


Risk Areas

Meningitis disease is found all over the world, but high risk areas include Saharan Africa, known as the Meningitis belt and locations where mass gathering occur e.g Pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia. There are many different strains, Meningitis B and W and C are currently the most common in the UK.

Additional Information

If you are traveling to these areas you should consider having the vaccination, regardless of whether you have already received a meningitis vaccination in the UK.

If you suspect that you have caught meningitis, you must seek immediate medical attention and ring 999 straight away.

Get Vaccinated & Travel Safely


Administration Method

We use a conjugate vaccination containing protection against meningitis strains ACWY.


The meningitis ACWY vaccination is administered as a single vaccination.

Length of Protection

Research has revealed that the vaccination may not last longer than 5 years, and it slowly declines over this period.

Special Instructions

If you are travelling to Saudi Arabia for Haj and Mecca, the Vaccination is required 10 days before travel.
Travellers visiting Saudi Arabia and areas of Sub Saharan Africa, India and Asia should consider having this vaccination regardless of whether they have had a childhood Meningitis C jab.

Dose & Price

A single dose is given at a price of £65 per dose.

Side Effects

Side effects include local pain, redness, inflammation, as well as some flu like symptoms.

Suggested Additional Vaccinations

You can inquire about these vaccinations over the phone or through the form when you book your meningitis vaccination.



Hepatitis B


How soon before travelling should I should I contact you?

Ideally come and see us at least four weeks before you travel, especially if you also need injections against Rabies, Hepatitis B or Japanese Encephalitis. However we always encourage last minute travelers to see us.


What if I’m travelling last minute?
We recommend you come and see us, even if you’ve left it as late as a day before you travel. We can still vaccinate you and we’ll also provide important health advice as well as Malaria Tablets if you need them.


Does immunisation hurt?
Not all vaccinations are delivered by needle. But whenever they are, we bring all our considerable expertise into play to make sure it hurts as little as possible. Modern needles are so fine they hurt a lot less than the old fashioned versions used to. You shouldn’t feel anything worse than a sharp prick.


What if I have an abnormal reaction?
We don’t just vaccinate you and abandon you! If you don’t feel well afterwards or experience an abnormal reaction, phone us or come straight back in and we’ll check you out.


Do you provide vaccination certificates?
We provide certificates for Meningitis and Yellow Fever Vaccinations. Certificates are essential visa requirement for travellers to certain countries in South America and Africa.


Will I get a vaccination record card?
Yes, and it’ll act as a record of the vaccinations you’ve been given. The cards include information about how long the vaccination is effective and your booster dates. If you already have a vaccination record card, bring it to your consultation so we can check your immunisation history.


Meet the Team

Dr Elizabeth Tuckey

MBBS, BA Philosophy

Kami Soltysik

Travel Nurse
BSc Nursing

Katy Peters

Clinical Director
BN (Hons), DipTM (LSHTM), Dip TM, MFTM

Dr Elizabeth Tuckey

MBBS, BA Philosophy

Kami Soltysik

Travel Nurse
BSc Nursing

Katy Peters

Clinical Director
BN (Hons), DipTM (LSHTM), Dip TM, MFTM


“Quick, friendly, and professional! I also loved the fact that the specialist gave me pricing options (as I had to take a few vaccines at once) and could answer all of my questions.”

Melia Lilembo Mazamba

“Quick, reliable, and well priced immunisation service. Highly recommend!”
Alex Karroum
“Good service – put my mind at ease. The nurse was very good and very knowledgeable so could answer all of my queries. Overall, very easy, quick, and friendly process. Would recommend.”