Introduction This article is the first in a series providing a summary of prevention strategies and
vaccination for infections that may be acquired by travellers. The series aims to provide
practical strategies to assist general practitioners in giving travel advice, as a synthesis
of multiple information sources which must otherwise be consulted.
The risk of travel associated meningococcal disease is generally small for travellers, and
epidemics are difficult to predict. However, it is a potentially very serious infection
with high mortality. Vaccination is recommended for travellers to high risk or endemic
areas, particularly arid sub-Saharan regions and areas with current or recent epidemics.
Internet based resources are available for up-to-date outbreak information.
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