Meningococcal is a bacterial disease when your Unanderra Doctor finds evidence of Neisseria meningitis bacteria inside your body. There are 13 different classes of Neisseria meningitis. However, serotype B and C are the most predominating bacteria in Australia.
Even though we have the vaccine available for this disease, without prompt medical treatment at Unanderra Family Doctors, infected person may suffer brain inflammation (meningitis) or septicaemia (blood infection). In some serious cases, roughly 10% of meningococcal patients suffered death. Imminent antibiotic treatment is crucial once there is positive evidence of Neisseria meningitis bacteria inside someone’s body.
- Purple or red rash
- Neck stiffness
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty walking
- Light sensitiveness
- Sore muscles
- Painful joints
Prevention as Suggested by Unanderra Family Doctors
Your Unanderra Family Doctor would recommend you taking available vaccine either for serotype C and B. Taking a complex vaccine combining vaccine for serotype A, Y, C, and W135 is also a common medical recommendation for potentially-infected individuals, such as backpackers or travellers in general. If you are planning to take Hajj, Saudi Arabia government requires a legal certificate of meningococcal vaccination for the C, A, Y and W135 vaccine from Australian government.
One of our friendly customer care representatives should be able to assist you to get further information. Please make an appointment today and come into our Unanderra Doctor bulk billing General Medical Practice and Surgery to discuss how we can help.