We are currently recalling all eligible patients for their Meningitis ACWY vaccination.
This vaccine protects agains meningococcal disease which can cause Meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These can kill in hours and those who recover may be left severely disabled.
Since 2009 there has been a large increase in group W meningococcal (MenW) disease in England, resulting in severeal deaths in teenagers. Older teenagers and young adults who are not vaccinated are at risk of getting MenW disease, so you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself. Vaccination protects you and others around you. You may have had a MenC vaccination before but you still need the MenACWY vaccination as this gives the extra protection you need.
The vaccination is free and may save you life.
You may be going on to higher education. Whatever you do next, it is important to get vaccinated. If you are going to university you should get vaccinated well before you move. New university students are at extra risk of meningococcal infection in the first weeks of term when they come into contact with many people of a similar age.