What is Meningococcal ACYW-135?
Meningococcal ACYW-135 refers to a strain of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis that can cause meningococcal disease. The bacteria can invade the body and cause certain illnesses that are often severe and can be deadly, including infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream (meningococcal septicemia or meningococcemia).
This particular strain is associated with the serogroups (types of Neisseria meningitidis) A, C, Y, and W-135, which are responsible for a significant number of meningococcal infections worldwide.
How to Prevent Meningococcal ACYW-135?
Prevention of Meningococcal ACYW-135 includes practicing good personal hygiene, such as regular hand washing, and vaccination. Antibiotics to prevent illness (called prophylaxis) may be prescribed if you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with meningococcal disease.
Is Meningococcal ACYW-135 Vaccine Necessary?
The meningococcal ACYW-135 vaccine is considered one of the most effective methods for preventing meningococcal disease caused by serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135. Vaccination is recommended by healthcare authorities, particularly for individuals at higher risk or those planning to travel to areas with a high incidence of meningococcal disease.
While other preventive measures, such as practicing good hygiene and antibiotic prophylaxis, can help reduce the risk of transmission, the meningococcal vaccine is specifically designed to provide long-term immunity against the targeted strains of the bacteria. The vaccine is required for entry to certain countries (eg. Saudi Arabia for Hajj), and a booster may be required depending on your immunization history.
To find out if your destination(s) require the Meningococcal ACYW-135 vaccine, consult a Rockdoc Travel Medicine Professional here.
We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.
Is Meningococcal ACYW-135 a Serious Disease?
- Sudden high fever
- Severe headache
- Stiff neck (neck pain and resistance to bending the neck forward)
- Petechiae / rash: small, red or purple spots on the skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
- Confusion or altered mental status
- Joint or muscle pain
- Fatigue or lethargy
- In some cases, seizures or coma
It’s important to remember that these symptoms can vary, and not everyone with meningococcal disease will experience all of them. If you or someone you know exhibits these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Available travel vaccinations and medications
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