Cases of Meningitis and Septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by the Meningococcal W (MenW) bacteria are rising, due to a particularly harmful strain. MenW infections are particularly severe and usually need to be treated in hospital, often in intensive care. They have a higher death rate than the more common Men C and Men B strains and this is why it is very important that you are vaccinated. Young people aged 15 to 19 are at a higher risk of contracting Meningococcal Disease.
We will be continuing the programme across all Senior Schools in Cornwall and our nurses will be coming to your school to vaccinate Year 9 boys and girls against MenACWY. We will be doing this between January and June 2017.
How is it given?
The MenACWY is given as an injection into either arm. From you meeting the nurse and having the injection should take no more than 5 minutes. You may experience a slightly sore arm after the injection, which is very common, but this should wear off after a couple of days.
Every year thousands of young people are vaccinated and your parent/guardian (and in some circumstances, you) will need to give consent to receive the vaccinations. When our nurses come into the school they will discuss any concerns you may have, or you could call confidentially on 01872 221105, 01872 221106 or 01872 221107