Men ACWY Vaccine
Young teenagers, sixth formers and university students are now routinely offered a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.
The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.
All 17- and 18-year-olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 are eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme.
The practice will be sending letters inviting 17-and 18-year-olds in school year 13 to have the Men ACWY vaccine at the surgery.
Students going away to university or college for the first time should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of the academic year.
Younger teenagers (school year 9 or 10) will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine in school as part of the routine adolescent schools programme alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster, and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination.
More information about the vaccine can be found on the NHS Choices website