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Medicines management: How can I encourage uptake of the meningitis vaccine?

Cases of meningitis W are rising rapidly in England, with university first-year students most at risk. Encouraging uptake of the meningitis ACWY vaccine is imperative if we are to protect young people from this horrific illness, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths.
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Cases of meningitis W are rising rapidly in England, with university first-year students most at risk. Encouraging uptake of the meningitis ACWY vaccine is imperative if we are to protect young people from this horrific illness, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths

In my column about the meningitis ACWY vaccine written around this time last year I warned that the worryingly rapid growth in meningitis W cases across England would continue unless more people were vaccinated.

Unfortunately, this now seems to be the case. In 2009-10 there were 22 reported cases of meningitis W, rising to 117 by 2014. This figure has now risen again, with a staggering 210

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