Meningitis is a bacterial disease spread through the air by droplets of contaminated respiratory secretions (sneezing or coughing) or through person-to-person contact (kissing or drinking from the same beverage container). Meningococcal bacteria can make a person extremely ill by infecting the blood or by infecting the fluid of the spinal cord and around the brain.
Immunization is recommended for travelers to sub-Saharan Africa, Saudi Arabia and other areas where the risk of infection is high.
Immunization is also recommended for college kids and teens attending sports camps.
Maps are for illustrative purposes only. For current information, please consult your travel medical specialist 6-8 weeks before your planned departure.