Public Health England is encouraging students and university freshers to get the Meningitis ACWY vaccination before they start college or university this autumn. Cases of meningitis have risen rapidly since 2009 due to a particularly virulent strain of the Men B bacteria; 220 cases of a deadly strain of Meningococcal W (Meningitis W) were reported between 2015 and 2016.
The Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W, and Y.
Meningococcal meningitis (Men W) is a highly serious form of bacterial meningitis that can lead to septicaemia. It is spread by droplets that come from a person who is either infected with the bacteria. Meningitis W is a strain of meningitis, a bacterial infection of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Although the strain is most likely to affect babies, statistics reveal that older children, teenagers, and adults are also at risk. In recent times, cases amongst normally healthy teenagers have spiked and the fatality percentage is higher with Meningitis W than it is with the most common strains, Meningitis B and C.
Protection against this strain of Meningitis W is provided through the Meningitis ACWY vaccine – only one dose is required.
High demand for the vaccine can lead to countrywide shortages, although as a specialist vaccination clinic with over 20 years experience, you can be assured that we maintain our supplies. We also carry excellent stock of the Meningitis B vaccine and can provide both vaccinations at the same time should you require it.
Fleet Street Clinic offers a friendly environment and a team of experienced medics to administer the Men ACWY vaccine. We meet rigorous quality management standards to ensure we offer you the highest standards of clinical care: you can feel confident you are in safe hands.
Secure your peace of mind by ensuring you are protected against Meningitis W. If you’ve had your place at university confirmed this week, you have a couple of weeks to get the vaccine before university starts, in order to receive protection in time.
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