The Meningitis ACWY vaccine and the Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio (teenage booster) vaccine are delivered together. The children will receive both vaccines on the same day, in opposite arms.
What is the Meningitis ACWY vaccine?
The MenACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. Men W disease, like all meningococcal infections, can come on suddenly and progress very quickly.
All meningococcal infections can cause meningitis and septicaemia, but Men W can also cause other illnesses, such as pneumonia and joint infections (septic arthritis). Early symptoms of meningococcal disease can include:
Who can have the vaccine?
The MenACWY vaccine is currently offered to Year 9 students in school, alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster vaccine. Consent forms will be sent out from school and parents are encouraged to discuss the vaccination with their child. It should be noted that due to the age of Year 9 students (13/14), they can self-consent to these vaccinations on the day if they wish.
When is the vaccine given?
The MenACWY program is currently delivered between February and April. The consent forms are delivered to school in January to be brought home and returned to school once completed. Our team then arranges dates with the schools for the immunisations to be delivered. We aim to provide dates when the consent forms are delivered however this is not always possible.
What happens if my child misses the vaccine?
Should your child miss the vaccine on the day, either due to absence or refusal i.e. needle phobia, anxiety, we can invite them to a catch-up clinic. Providing there is a consent form for your child and a contact number, we will contact you to arrange a catch-up appointment. We aim to run catch-up clinics in all areas in the school holidays. If your child missed their MenACWY vaccine in Year 9, but are still in school (Year 10 or 11), please contact us to book a clinic appointment.
For more information visit the NHS website
Click the link below to download a consent form