Young teenagers, sixth formers and 'fresher' students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent Meningitis W disease. Cases of Meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by Men W bacteria are rising, due to a particularly deadly strain.
The Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different causes of Meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.
Students going to university or college for the first time, including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25, should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of or in the first few weeks of the academic year.
Children currently in school year 13 will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine before the end of the school year.