Meningococcal Vaccine FAQs

Q: What is Meningococcal Disease?

A: Meningococcal Disease can refer to any illness that is caused by the type of Bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus. These illnesses are often severe and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and blood stream infections (bacteremia or Septicemia)

Q: When are persons required to receive the Meningococcal vaccine?

A: Only persons under the age of 19 years old who are migrating to Saudia Arabia are required to receive the vaccine.

Q: How often do persons have to take the Vaccine?

A: Only one dose of the vaccine is required

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: Extremely slight likelihood of severe allergic reaction, mild fever, redness and mild pain in the injection site.

Q: Where can persons receive this vaccine?

A: Persons can receive the vaccine at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre or their nearest Health Centre.

Q: Is there a cost attached to receiving this vaccine?

A: There is a minimal cost attached to receiving the vaccine at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre. There is no cost attached to receiving this vaccine from other Public Health institutions.

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