All 17 and 18 year olds born between 01 September 1996 and 31 August 1997 are being asked to have a MenACWY vaccine, this vaccine protects against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y.
It is very important that you take up the vaccine. It is being offered in response to a rapidly growing increase in cases of a highly aggressive strain of meningococcal disease group W. this disease can cause Meningitis and septicaemia that can kill in hours, and those who recover may be left severely disabled. The vaccine also protects against three other meningococcal groups too – A,C and Y.
Going to University?
If you are planning to go to university, please make an appointment as soon as possible before leaving for university. You are at more risk of Meningitis and septicaemia in the first weeks at university when you mix with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria, which is usually spread through prolonged close contact.
As the vaccine will also boost your protection against MenC, it replaces the “Freshers” MenC programme which has been in place for the past year.
If you decide not to have the vaccination please let us know in writing so we can enter this on your medical record.
Further information on the vaccination programme and meningococcal disease can be found on NHS Choices at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/Pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx