Our Immunisation Team has begun the Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccination programme in schools across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire for all year 9 children.
The MenACWY vaccination protects against four types of meningococcal bacteria (groups A, C, W and Y) which can cause meningitis and septicaemia. These diseases can be fatal, especially if they are not diagnosed early.
Cases of meningococcal W disease (MenW) in England have increased significantly in recent years, particularly in teenagers and young adults. The vaccine is highly effective at preventing illness caused by the four strains, including the extremely harmful MenW strain.
We are also offering the diphtheria/tetanus/polio vaccination (Td/IPV) at the same time as the Men ACWY.
The National Childhood Immunisation Programme has meant dangerous diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio have practically disappeared in this country, but it is important to keep up to date with vaccinations, so these diseases do not return.
All children need five doses of the tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccination to build up and maintain immunity. The first three doses should have been given as a baby, the fourth at 3 years and four months, and the fifth is due at age 14.
Parents and carers should receive the consent form link via their child’s school. If your child has received the Men ACWY vaccine as a travel vaccine since the age of 10, they do not need an additional booster at this time. Please indicate this on the consent form and contact your GP surgery who can confirm the date it was given.
If you child misses their vaccination in school, the Vaccination Team also runs community clinics where these can be given. Information on how to book these will also be sent to you.
You can find out more about these vaccinations here.