Students to get vaccine for rare meningitis Men W
Students attending university this year being offered protection against a deadly strain of meningitis called Men W
GPs across the UK are inviting 17 and 18-year-olds to come for a vaccine. First-time students under 25 are eligible too.
There has been a steep rise in MenW cases since 2009 and experts say this group is particularly vulnerable.
Meningitis W also has a higher death rate than other strains of the disease.
Public Health England says it is important that anyone who plans to go to university this year gets vaccinated before they leave, because they will be mixing closely with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly be carrying the meningococcal bacteria.
Health experts in Scotland and Wales are also urging school-leavers and freshers to make an appointment at their GP surgery this summer.
The vaccination protects against meningitis and septicaemia caused by four meningoccocal strains - Men W, A, C and Y.
Teenagers born between 1 September 1996 and 31 August 1997 will be sent an invitation by their GP to come and receive the vaccination.
First-time university entrants this year aged between 19 and 24 should also contact their GP for the vaccination.
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