Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective membranes (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord. It is most commonly caused by a bacterial or viral infection, although it can also be caused by certain fungi or parasites.
Bacterial meningitis is usually more severe and can be life-threatening if not promptly treated. The most common bacteria that cause meningitis are Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus), Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Bacterial meningitis can spread from person to person through respiratory droplets or direct contact with an infected individual.
Meningitis caused due to N. meningitidis (meningococcus) bacteria is known as meningococcal disease. Meningococcal is a fast progressing, serious and potentially life-threatening condition.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent meningococcal disease.
* Meningococcal vaccine is recommended for certain populations including international travellers, during outbreaks, students going abroad for higher education and travellers to Haj and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The schedule typically involves a primary series of two doses, with the first dose given at around 9 to 12 months of age and the second dose administered after an interval of 3 months. If the vaccine is opted after 2 years of age, a single dose of meningococcal vaccine is recommended.
Adults who have not received the meningococcal vaccine in childhood, can consider getting vaccinated. The vaccination schedule typically involves a single dose for most adults, although some individuals with ongoing increased risk may require additional booster doses.
Meningococcal vaccine is recommended for certain populations including international travellers, during outbreaks, students going abroad for higher education, travellers to Haj and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Children, adolescents and adults above 2 years of age who have missed taking the vaccine and want to be protected against meningococcal disease can take a single dose of vaccination.
The cost of Meningococcal vaccination depends on factors such as the type of vaccine, brand, manufacturer, applicable taxes and the vaccination service provider. On an average, the cost of Meningococcal vaccination ranges between Rs 4000 to Rs 6000 for one dose. It's best to check with your vaccination provider to get an accurate and updated estimate of the cost.
Vaccination at home offers a convenient, accessible and safe way to protect you and your family from shingles infection. It allows individuals to receive the vaccine in a familiar environment, reducing potential anxiety or discomfort associated with visiting a clinic. Home vaccination not only saves time and effort, it also minimizes exposure to potential infections in crowded healthcare settings. INVC vaccine experts can help you with availability and scheduling of meningococcal vaccine at home in India.
There are different types of meningococcal vaccines available targeting various serogroups of Neisseria meningitidis. These include:
Meningococcal B vaccines (MenB): These vaccines target serogroup B and might be considered for specific situations, such as outbreaks or for individuals at increased risk.
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