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
Thailand is an incredibly photogenic country, both for its landscapes and its people. Regardless of whether you enjoy large Asian cities, beaches and islands, or rice fields and mountains, Thailand has something for you and it is a dream destination for photographers.
One of the great things about visiting Thailand is that hotels are plentiful and a lot cheaper than in most other countries. I always use Agoda to book hotels in Thailand. The company was established in Thailand and has great local knowledge, as well as a huge inventory of hotels.
If you click on one of the destinations opposite you will get a list of hotel deals from Agoda. It's generally a good idea to book on-line because you will get a good room rate and you won't suffer the disappointment of arriving at a hotel to find that it is full.
I book hotels regularly in Thailand and I have always found Agoda to be the best on-line travel agent. At times I have spent a lot of time researching hotel prices and although other deals sometimes look better at first I always end up returning to Agoda.
If you don't wish to pay for your hotel at the time of booking, Booking.com normally allows you to pay when you check in at the hotel. Some people prefer this method, but I have always found Booking.com to be more expensive than Agoda.
If you want to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined. However, you will normally find that Agoda is the cheapest and therefore you can save yourself time and money by just booking through Agoda in the first place.
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