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Meningitis vaccination for 17-24 year olds

From August 2015, all 17 and 18-year-olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme. The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

The practice will automatically send letters inviting 17-and 18-year-olds in school year 13 to have the Men ACWY vaccine. Students going away to university or college for the first time should contact the practice to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of the academic year.

Younger teenagers (school year 9 or 10) will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine in school as part of the routine adolescent schools programme alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster, and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination.

Further information available here: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx

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