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Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine

Who should have the MenACWY vaccine

We recommend teenagers and "fresher" students going to university for the first time ensure they've had the MenACWY vaccination. This protects against meningitis and septicaemia, caused by the Meningococcal strains ACWY, which can be fatal.  Most teenagers in Jersey have been vaccinated and don't need any further vaccination before going to university.

You only need one vaccine dose for protection.

The majority of young people in Jersey born between 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2004 received this vaccine protection. In 2015, we carried out an emergency vaccination programme to protect teenagers / young people.   Since 2015, the MenACWY vaccine has been routinely offered  in school year nine. So if you've had the vaccine, it doesn't need repeating. 

If you didn't receive the vaccine or if you're unsure

If you're unsure if you had this vaccine, telephone your GP surgery. They have a list of their young people who have received this vaccine. you can also contact the Immunisation Nurse Specialist, who can check your record on +44 (0) 1534 445790.

If you haven't had the vaccine, we can arrange it for you if:

  • you're going to university for the first time
  • you were born between 1 September 1996 to 31 August 2004

Contact your surgery or the Immunisation Nurse Specialist on +44 (0) 1534 445790. 

Email Immunisation Nurse Specialist

Why this age group need the vaccine

In recent years, there's been an increase in the number of cases of meningococcal W (MenW) disease in the UK. This disease has a higher death rate than other strains of meningitis. In response to this outbreak, the MenACWY vaccine was introduced in the UK and Jersey in Autumn 2015.

Fresher university students have a higher risk of infection because many of them mix with lots of new people. Some of them may carry meningococcal bacteria without knowing. 

This age group is 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.

Find out more about MenACWY vaccine and Meningitis on NHS Choices website. Details about the vaccine is also available at School vaccinations page.

Symptoms of meningitis

The early symptoms of meningitis are like flu symptoms. You need to be able to recognise the symptoms quickly, even if you've been vaccinated. The vaccine can't protect against all forms of the disease. 

Learn more about meningitis symptoms at Meningitis Now and the Meningitis Research Foundation.

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