Teenagers in Portsmouth and surrounding area urged to get vaccination

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STUDENTS starting college or university in September are being reminded to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia.

Parents are also being called upon to ensure 17 to 18-year-olds in Portsmouth and surrounding areas are getting the vaccines as part of the campaign by Public Health England.

Teenagers who are due to leave school this summer, or born between September 1, 1998 and August 31, 1999, are now eligible for jab.

Cases of meningitis and septicaemia caused by an aggressive MenW strain are on the rise and the MenACWY jab protects against four strains of meningococcal disease.

Clare Simpson, public health screening and immunisation lead for Solent and Hampshire, said: ‘The MenACWY vaccination programme will save lives and prevent lifelong and devastating disability. We have seen a rapid increase in MenW cases in recent years and vaccination is the most effective way of protecting against infection.

‘Young people are particularly at risk as they are carriers of the disease. Get vaccinated as soon as possible, remain vigilant and seek urgent medical help if you have concerns.’

Anyone who is eligible and has missed a vaccination in previous years remains eligible up to their 25th birthday.