Meningococcal A, C, W and Y (MenACWY)

Meningococcal disease is a rare life-threatening condition and can cause meningitis and blood poisoning. This can trigger sepsis, which is a life-threatening response to infection and requires urgent hospital treatment. It can lead to life-changing disabilities, such as amputations, hearing loss and brain damage.

The MenACWY vaccine is highly effective in preventing these conditions.  Children aged 13 to 15 are routinely offered the vaccine at school during year 9 or 10. The vaccine is given as a single injection in the arm.

Those who have not had the vaccine under the age of 25 and are no longer in school or are first time university students can contact their GP surgery to have the MEnACWY vaccine.

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