The Meningitis ACWY vaccine is now being offered to all 17 and 18 year olds, born between 01 September 1996 and 31st August 1997. The vaccine protects against Meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and Septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by Meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y. It is being offered in response to a rapid increase in cases of Meningococcal disease group W.
If you are planning to go to university, it is especially important that you have the vaccine. You are more at risk of Meningitis and Septicaemia in the first weeks at university when you mix with lots of new people.
Greyfriars Surgery will be sending out appointments to all those eligible for this vaccine over the next few weeks.