Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Information and advice on Men ACWY and MMR

You may have heard on the news that the current uptake of Men ACWY amongst school leavers is low; only a third of the cohort is taking up the offer of vaccination http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40482500

The Men ACWY vaccine is offered free to all 17 and 18 year-olds and first-time university entrants under 25 because students are particularly at risk. But only a third of young people get the life-saving vaccine, and cases of Men W are on the rise. Those who are due to leave school this summer, or who are aged 17 to 18 and not in school, are now eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine and should contact their GP practice.

This vaccine gives protection against four types of meningococcal disease caused by groups A, C, W and Y (MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY). Meningococcal disease is a major cause of meningitis and septicaemia. The vaccine does not contain any live bacteria, and it cannot cause meningococcal disease. It can safely be given at the same time as the Teenage Booster vaccine.

The MenACWY vaccine is offered to these groups:

•all students in school years 9 or 10
•all 17-18 year olds born between 1st September 1998 and 31st August 1999
•all student freshers up to the age of 25 (all those starting university between 2015 and 2017)
•all those aged 18-25 who have missed out on MenACWY vaccination

The MenACWY vaccine is also recommended for people with some long-term health conditions who are at greater risk of complications from meningococcal disease. This includes people with:

•asplenia or splenic dysfunction (a spleen that is missing or does not work properly)
•sickle cell anaemia
•coeliac disease
•complement disorders (the complement system is an important part of the immune system)

The full set of related resources (in stock and ready to order) are listed below:

Measles, mumps and rubella resources

  • Measles: don’t let your child catch it – European Immunisation week poster - Product code: 2900430

- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/measles-dont-let-your-child-catch-it-poster

  • Measles – it’s not just a kids problem leaflet – Product code:3205760

- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/think-measles-patient-leaflet-for-young-people

  • Think measles poster Product code: 3205852

- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/think-measles-poster-about-measles-in-young-people

  • Think measles and call ahead – young people poster

- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/think-measles-poster-for-young-people

Meningococcal disease resources

  • Leaving school or college – have your MenACWY Product code: MenACWY001

- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/menacwy-school-leaver-flyer

  • Protect yourself against meningitis and septicaemia – Leaflet Product code: 2904173 – Poster Product code: 2900508

- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/meningitis-signs-and-symptoms-poster

  • Meningitis and septicaemia poster for university entrants – Product code: 2748622

- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/meningitis-and-septicaemia-poster-for-new-university-entrants


All the above can be ordered for free from https://www.orderline.dh.gov.uk/

For more information on raising awareness of the need for MenACWY and MMR vaccination this summer, please visit: http://bit.ly/2uJ1rGZ