Vaccination against all meningococcal types advisable for travel

Vaccination against all meningococcal types advisable for travel

Directly from the dpa news channel

Düsseldorf (dpa / tmn) – Travelers should be vaccinated against all types of meningococcal vaccines. These are currently the serogroups A, B, C, W and Y, as explained by the Center for Travel Medicine (CRM).

The vaccinations are particularly important for children and adolescents up to the age of 25 years. Meningococci are transmitted by droplet infections, ie sneezing, coughing and speech. This can develop into two clinical pictures: meningitis and sepsis, which can also occur together. Both diseases develop very fast and can be fatal.

For groups A, C, W and Y there is a combination vaccine that can be covered with a doctor’s visit. The vaccine against the most common group B in Germany has to be set separately. In the German vaccination calendar only vaccination against serogroup C is provided, which can also be vaccinated alone. In other words, this vaccination must pay the health insurance in any case.

In the so-called meningitis belt in sub-Saharan Africa, type W has been prevalent for only a few years. According to the CRM, western countries such as the Netherlands, England and Australia have also recently experienced an increase in type W infections, some of them fatal , Especially exchange students and students who have a lot of contact with locals should protect themselves.

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