Honiton Surgery to roll out meningitis vaccine

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:31 05 August 2015

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The surgery will be contacting all of its patients over the next six weeks who are current year 13 students, and who will be 18 by Monday, August 31, to have the Men ACWY vaccine.

Teenagers and university students in Honiton are being offered a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.

The move, being fronted by Honiton Surgery, has come about because of an increase in cases of the strain of meningitis.

Vaccinating the age group will also help to protect unvaccinated children and adults.

Honiton Surgery will be contacting all of its patients over the next six weeks who are current year 13 students, and who will be 18 by Monday, August 31, to have the Men ACWY vaccine.

There will also be a catch up vaccination programme for current school year 9-12 students through schools from January 2016.

Anyone who has not been contacted and feels they fall into this category should ring and book an appointment on 01404 548544.

From August 2015, all 17 and 18-year-olds in school, year 13 and first time university students up to the age of 25 will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS Vaccination Programme.

The vaccine protects against four difference causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

For more information about the vaccine, including side effects and who should not have it, visit www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx

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