Men ACWY Vaccination

Meningitis is a serious condition that is most commonly found in children and young people. As the incidence of meningococcal W (Men W) disease is increasing in Scotland and across the rest of the UK, we are working closely with our public health colleagues at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to keep you informed.

If you are aged 16-25, attending university for the first time and have not already received a dose of MenACWY vaccine since August 2015 from your GP please arrange an appointment with your GP to get this done. It takes less than two minutes to get the vaccine, but it could save your life.

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis and septicaemia strike suddenly and can kill in hours. Babies and young children are most vulnerable but young people and students are the next most at-risk group. This is partly because as they meet new people and move away from home, they are also exposed to new bacteria.  Meningitis is inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord – the meninges.  Septicaemia is blood poisoning caused by the same germs and is the more life threatening form of the disease.

How do I know if I need this vaccination?

You may have received the vaccination at school or at your doctor's surgery since August 2015. If you last received a Meningitis vaccination before August 2015 it is likely to have been a Meningitis C vaccination and you should still attend this session to ensure you are protected against

Where can I get more information?

You can find out more about the Men ACWY vaccine here.