Cases of Meningitis and Septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by the Meningococcal W (MenW) bacteria are rising, due to a particularly deadly 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 children and young people are vaccinated.
We are continuing this 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 July 2017. The Meningitis ACWY vaccination supercedes the Meningitis C vaccination programme which stopped in October 2014. This was due to a rise in the incidence of Meningitis W strain in the age groups of 13 to 19.
How is it Given
The MenACWY is given as an injection into either arm. From the child meeting the nurse and having the injection should take no more than 5 minutes. They 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 a child’s parent/guardian (and in some circumstances, the child themselves) will need to give consent to receive the vaccinations. If you have any concerns you can speak to our nurses when they come into the school or you could call confidentially on 01872 221105, 01872 221106 or 01872 221107.