Meningitis vaccination advice to students

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STUDENTS across Hampshire are urged to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia.

Public Health England says cases of meningitis and septicaemia caused by the aggressive meningococcal W strain are still rising and that the MenACWY vaccine is the best form of protection against these four strains of the deadly disease, known as Men A, C, W and Y.

All can cause meningitis and septicaemia.

Officials say more than 2 million eligible young people have already received the MenACWY vaccine, but some remain unvaccinated.

Clare Simpson, PHE’s screening and immunisations lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight, said: ‘The MenACWY vaccination programme will save lives and prevent lifelong and devastating disability.

‘We have seen a rapid increase in MenW cases across England in recent years and vaccination is the most effective way of protecting against infection.’

Further information is on the NHS Choices website.