Teenage Booster & Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY)

The Teenage Booster Vaccination is a combined vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and polio. Provided that your child has had all the previous scheduled doses against these three illnesses, this booster will give long term protection against these serious infections.

Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system which can cause permanent paralysis of muscles, and can be fatal.

Diphtheria is a serious disease that can cause breathing problems, can damage the heart and nervous system, and in severe cases, it can kill. Thanks to vaccination polio and diphtheria are now much rarer than they used to be, but have still not been eradicated on a global scale.

Tetanus is a painful disease affecting the nervous system which can lead to muscle spasms, breathing problems and can kill. It is caused when germs found in the soil and manure get into the body through open cuts or burns. Tetanus spores are everywhere, it can never be eradicated.

The Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine is replacing the routine Meningococcal C (MenC) vaccine previously given in school. MenACWY vaccination helps to protect your child against four types of meningococcal bacteria (groups A, C, W and Y) that can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early.

Cases of meningococcal W disease (“MenW”) in England have increased significantly in recent years, and it is in response to this rise in cases that this vaccine is being introduced. Teenagers and new University entrants are recognised as being at higher risk of Meningococcal infection. If your child has previously had MenC in school, they still require the MenACWY vaccination. Visit the NHS Choices website for more information on these vaccinations.

The Teenage Booster and MenACWY School Programme

The Immunisation Team offers this free vaccination routinely, in school, to all pupils in year 9 who have not previously had the booster vaccination. See when the team are visiting your school.

For those who are unable to have the vaccine on the day of our visit, catch-up clinics have been arranged. See list of dates for our Teenage Booster & MenACWY catch-up clinics.

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