August 2015 – Meningitis ACWY Vaccination for all 17 and 18 Year Olds

All 17 & 18 year olds born between 1st September 1996 and 31st August 1997 are being offered a meningitis ACWY vaccination.
It is very important that you take up the vaccine. It is being offered in response to a rapidly growing increase in cases of the meningococcal disease group W but also protects against meningococcal A, C, and Y.
If you are planning on going to university, please make an appointment as soon as possible before leaving for university. You are more at risk of meningitis and septicemia in the first weeks at university when you mix with lots of new people.
However, even if you are not leaving for university you are still eligible for this vaccination so please contact the surgery to make an appointment.
Further information can be found on the NHS Choices Website.