Teenagers in years 9 are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningococcal disease. Cases of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal bacteria are rising, due to a particularly deadly strain (W).
The Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.
There are two Men ACWY vaccines called nimenrix and Menveo. They are very similar and both work equally well.
Read the patient information leaflet for Nimenrix:
Read the patient information leaflet for Menveo:
School Nurses from Lincolnshire Community Health Services will administer the MenACWY vaccination to pupils in years 9 from late January onwards.
The consent form can be downloaded here. Please complete the consent form in full and return to school as soon as possible if you would like your child to have the vaccination.
The leaflet can be viewed and downloaded here
For year 9 pupils, the MenACWY will be given at the same time as the teenage booster in schools. Year 9 pupils will receive the teenage booster in one arm and the MenACWY in the other arm.