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Medicines management: who should have the meningitis ACWY vaccine?

Teenagers and ‘freshers’ are being advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease, says Matt Griffiths.  
Teenager being vaccinated

Teenagers and first-year university students are being advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease, says Matt Griffiths

Meningitis strain W cases are on the rise in England. In 2009, there were 22 cases, increasing to 117 by 2014. The number is expected to rise again this year unless more vaccinations take place.

The risk of contracting the disease is increased through communal living and close contact, so one of the groups considered to be at a high risk of infection is ‘freshers’ – first-year university students.

As they mix closely with large groups of new people, some of whom may carry the meningococcal bacteria, they are being requested to have the meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccination before they start university or as soon as possible thereafter. MenACWY protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia including

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