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Meningitis vaccine side effects

Meningitis is a medical condition characterised by an inflammation of the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord. It is caused by a bacteria or virus. Babies and children are at high risk, but anyone can contract the disease. Lately, the appearance of deadly strains of meningitis has lead the NHS to roll out an aggressive vaccination programme. If you are thinking of getting the vaccine, here are meningitis vaccine side effects that you should be aware of.

What to look out for

There are two types of meningitis: bacterial and viral. Bacterial infection should be treated immediately as it can cause severe brain damage and can lead to blood poisoning. Viral meningitis, on the other hand, is less serious and the most prevalent type. For these reasons, it is important to protect everyone, especially the young and vulnerable groups against meningitis. Preventing the onset of the disease is possible by protecting individuals against meningitis through vaccinations.

However, not everyone is amenable to receiving the vaccination as there are concerns about the side effects. The meningoccocal vaccine is generally harmless, but there are people who might experience meningitis vaccine side effects, as follows:

  • low fever
  • pain
  • redness at the area where you will be injected

There are also cases where there will be adverse reactions to the vaccines such as the following:

  • difficulty in breathing
  • wheezing
  • hoarse voice
  • itching
  • hives
  • redness
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • stomach cramps
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • light headedness
  • loss of consciousness
  • muscle weakness
  • tingling sensation
  • numbing sensation

Not all of the above symptoms will manifest and the effects vary from one person to another. Should you feel any of these symptoms, it is strongly advised to seek medical help. Call an ambulance or emergency services.

Not everyone will react in the same manner

Vaccines are tested to protect yourself and those you love against diseases. If you are scared of meningitis vaccine side effects, bear in mind that not everyone can suffer adverse reactions. These are just minor discomforts compared to the protection the vaccine can give you and your loved ones. Seek medical attention as soon as you experience any of the side effects listed above.

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