Why the vaccine was introduced
In recent years, there's been an increase in the number of cases of meningococcal W (MenW) disease in the UK and there's no sign of the numbers declining. MenW disease has a higher death rate than other strains of meningitis.
In response to the disease outbreak in the UK, the MenACWY vaccine was introduced in the UK and Jersey.
Older teenagers and young adults are at higher risk of getting meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) from MenW. Both diseases are very serious and can kill if not diagnosed early.
MenACWY vaccine on NHS Choices website
Meningitis on NHS Choices website
Who the MenACWY vaccine is for
To protect older teenagers, a catch-up programme took place in November 2015 across secondary schools and Highlands College to vaccinate those pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Students going to university for the first time
If you're going to university for the first time as a fresher this year and didn't have the vaccine in 2015 or in 2016, you should get vaccinated by the Immunisation Nurse Specialist before you leave the Island.
You won't be charged for this.
To arrange this or to check if you've had the vaccine, contact the Immunisation Nurse Specialist.
Tel: +44 (0) 1534 445790
Email the Immunisation Nurse Specialist
Students returning to university in your second, third or fourth year
If you're returning to university and you weren't previously vaccinated, you don't need this vaccination.
This is because you will have already been exposed to the meningococcal bacteria and are likely to have developed immunity.
Symptoms of meningitis
The early symptoms of meningitis are similar to flu symptoms.
You need to be able to recognise the symptoms very quickly, even if you've been vaccinated, as vaccine can't protect against all forms of the disease.
Meningitis symptoms at Meningitis Now
Meningitis symptoms at Meningitis Research Foundation