School leavers! Are you up to date with your vaccinations?

In 2015 a new vaccine was introduced to protect young people against four types of Meningitis  -  Men ACWY.

Before 2015, teenagers were given the Meningitis C vaccine along  the ‘teenage booster’ TdIPV (tetanus , diphtheria and polio) at age 14-18. However, in 2015 the Meningitis C vaccine was replaced by the MenACWY vaccine because of an increase in cases of Meningitis W amongst young people in the UK. 

  • The meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine helps protect against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by 4 groups of meningococcal bacteria A, C, W and Y.
  • Meningococcal bacteria live in the throats of about 25% of young people without causing any problems at all. The bacteria can spread to other people through coughing, sneezing or kissing.
  • The MenACWY vaccine is targetted at young people because of the higher risk of the bacteria spreading among young people of the same age.

These vaccines used to be given in GP practices in Shetland, but since 2018 have been given in school, in S3.

If you have left school this year, and especially if you are about to go to university or college, please check with your GP practice if you have had this vaccine. If you have not had MenACWY (or have missed any other vaccinations such as MMR) you can get them from your GP practice before you go south.

Click here for MenACWY poster.

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