We are inviting eligible patients to book their MenACWY vaccination. This vaccine helps protect you against 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.
Teenagers born between 01/09/1998-31/08/1999 (2017 school leaver cohort) are now eligible for urgent catch-up with MenACWY vaccination.
In addition the following individuals are eligible for the immunisation before their 25th birthday:
- Anyone born on or after 01/09/1996 who has missed routine school (administered in school years 9/10 at 13-15 years) or catch-up MenACWY vaccination
- New entrants to higher education (university freshers) who have not yet been immunised with MenACWY vaccine.
You may have had a MenC vaccination before but you still need the MenACWY vaccine as this gives you the extra protection you need.