Project Description

Meningitis ACWY

Meningococcal disease is caused by a systemic infection by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. Its causes an inflammation of the lining of the brain, the meninges. There are 6 disease-causing strains called serogroups (A, B, C, W, Y and X). Transmission is via prolonged or frequent direct contact with respiratory secretions of someone carrying the organism. Direct contact can be aerosol and droplet transmission.

Epidemics are frequent in sub-Saharan Africa and also on religious pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia.
A certificate of vaccination may be required if visiting Saudi Arabia. Please note only Meningitis C is given in schools. A single vaccine last 3 -5 years, this is dependent on Visa requirements.


Invasive meningococcal disease usually presents as meningitis or septicaemia.

Symptoms of meningitis include:

  • meningitis or septicaemia

  • neck stiffness

  • nausea and vomiting

  • sudden onset of fever

  • intense headache

  • symptoms of septicaemia include: fever, chills, confusion and a rash.

  • High risk of complications and fatality.

Symptoms of septicaemia include:

  • fever

  • chills

  • confusion and a rash

Both conditions may progress rapidly and are serious diseases with high risk of complications and fatality.

The Vaccination

Ages (Years) Doses Required Schedule Time before travel Boost required at
2 – 85 1 10 days See specialist pharmacist

   Meningitis price

Per dose £55
Course £55

  Clinic Hours

Monday 09:00-19:00
Tuesday 09:00-19:00
Wednesday 09:00-19:00

  0121 501 3518

  West Midlands Location


Make an appointment

We offer bookings and walk-in appointments to suit your needs.
Our pharmacists have received specific training in providing travel vaccination services.