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Immunisation Team vaccinating year nine students against meningitis

By 21st February 2023No Comments

Our Immunisation Team is visiting schools across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to vaccinate year nine students against meningitis, diphtheria, tetanus and polio.

The Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine protects against four types of 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 meningitis in England have increased significantly in recent years, particularly in teenagers and young adults, and the vaccine is highly effective at preventing illness caused by four strains of the bacteria. The team is also offering the diphtheria/tetanus/polio vaccination (Td/IPV) at the same time as the MenACWY.

All children need five doses of the Td/IPV vaccination to build up and maintain immunity. The first three doses should have been given as a baby, the fourth at three 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 misses their vaccination in school, our Immunisation 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 on the NHS website. To contact our Immunisation Team, email sirona.sch-imms@nhs.net or call 0300 124 5515.