Vaccine-preventable infections in travellers abroad – meningococcal disease
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Vaccine-preventable infections in travellers abroad – meningococcal disease

Adrienne Willcox Nurse director, Talent 4 Health Ltd

Vaccination is the answer to preventing bacterial meningitis, and has been particularly successful in reducing infection in children caused by serogroup C meningococci in the UK. However, some travellers abroad are at risk of infection from serogroups A, C, W135 and Y and should be offered protection through vaccination. This article helps identify those travellers, assess their risks and provides information on the new ACWY vaccine recommended by the UK-wide Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (Salisbury et al 2006).

Primary Health Care. 20, 10,33-39. doi: 10.7748/phc2010.12.20.10.33.c8131

Published in print: 03 December 2010