What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes (thin tissue) that surround the brain and spinal cord.
What Are The Symptoms?
One symptom of Meningitis is a red, blotchy rash that doesn't fade when a clear drinking glass is pressed against the skin.
There can be flu-like symptoms, aches and pains, a stiff neck and photophobia, that is, extreme sensitivity to bright lights.
How Is It Contracted?
Meningitis can be caused by viral or bacterial infections. Viral infections are the most common and the least serious. Bacterial infections, of which there are several types, are treatable.
Viral infections are spread in a similar way to cold and flu infections, by coughing and sneezing, etc.
Who Is At Most Risk?
Infants, teenagers, young adults, the elderly, and anyone with a weak immune system.
Where Are You At Risk?
Meningitis is found world wide, but the highest risk is in sub-Saharan Africa.
There are several different types of Meningitis infection and therefore several types of vaccine. In most developed countries these vaccines are administered to babies in the first year of life.
When Should You Be Vaccinated?
Normally at a very young age.
Does The Vaccine Have Any Side Effects?
Like most injections, some people may experience tenderness and redness at the site of the injection. There may also be some slight fever and flu-like symptoms.
Source Of information
GlaxoSmithKline, Wikipedia, local doctors, local hospitals, newspaper articles, various.
Travel Related Diseases
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One of the great things about visiting Thailand is that hotels are plentiful and a lot cheaper than in most other countries. Each link on the right will take you to the relevant page on the Agoda website where you can see photos, read reviews, and book on-line. I tend to use Agoda to book all of my own hotels in Thailand and the Southeast Asia region. I generally find Agoda hotel rates to be the lowest and I have received good customer service, therefore I am happy to recommend the company to other people.
Booking.com used to be more expensive than Agoda, but when I have checked hotel prices recently I have found their rates to be quite competitive. Unlike Agoda, you don't need to pay at the time of booking with Booking.com - you can simply pay at the hotel when you check in. Also, Booking.com show you total prices whereas Agoda show you a price and then add on 17% for tax and service charge.
If you wish to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined.
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