Why the vaccine was introduced
Since 2009, 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.
MenW disease hasn't occurred yet in the Island. However, 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.
Press release about MenACWY vaccine on Public Health England website
MenACWY vaccine on NHS Choices website
Meninigitis 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 pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Students going to university for the first time
If you didn't have the vaccine in school or Highlands College last year and you're going to university for the for the first time as a fresher student, you should have the vaccine before you leave the Island.
We're holding a clinic for students going to university for the first time this year who haven't already had the vaccine. There's no need to book, just turn up.
|Thursday 8 September 2016 ||5pm to 5.45pm||Jersey General Hospital, Outpatient department|
You only need one dose of the MenACWY vaccine. If you received the MenACWY vaccine at school or Highlands College last year, you don't need another injection.
If you're not sure if you've had the vaccine, you can contact the Immunisation Nurse Specialist on +44 (0) 1534 445790 who can check your vaccination record.
Students returning to university in your second, third or fourth year
If you're returning to university in your second, third or fourth year, 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
If you have any questions about the MenACWY vaccine, you can call or email the Immunisation Nurse Specialist.
Tel: +44 (0) 1534 445790
Email the Immunisation Nurse Specialist