Clinical update

Meningitis and septicaemia vaccinations

Essential facts on the latest drive to boost the number of teenagers vaccinated against meningitis. 
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Essential facts on the latest drive to boost the number of teenagers vaccinated against meningitis

Essential facts

Teenagers and young people are the second most at risk group for contracting meningitis and septicaemia. Due to an increase in the virulent strain of meningitis MenW, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended a programme to vaccinate all 14 to 18-year-olds.

The MenACWY vaccine was introduced in 2015. It stops teenagers from carrying the bacteria, thus reducing the number of carriers and preventing the spread of the MenW bacteria.

The programme saw an uptake of 84% in some school cohorts. But in 2015 only 40% of school-leavers from the catch-up cohort had the vaccine, falling to 33% in 2016.

What’s new?

The GP Contract 2017-18 encourages general practices

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