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04 July 2017

Urgent call to have meningitis vaccine

A group of parents who each lost a teenager to meningitis are urging other parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against the disease, particularly as they go off to university. 

Children with meningitis are also at risk of developing epilepsy in later life.

Graphic showing the signs and symptoms of meningitis to look out for
The signs and symptoms of meningitis to look out for.

Free vaccine

The parents are spearheading a campaign by Meningitis Now to increase the uptake of the Men ACWY vaccine that has been offered to all 17 and 18-year-olds and all university entrants aged 19-25, free on the NHS since August 2015. This is to combat the rise in meningitis cases in adolescents

Those who are due to leave school this summer, or who are aged 17 – 18 and not in school (born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 1999) are now eligible for the vaccine and should contact their GP practice.

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