Meningitis Research Foundation are running a campaign to ensure that young people in the UK get vaccinated against a deadly strain of meningitis that is spreading among students.
Young people going to college or university this autumn are being strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) due to the MenW bug, one of the most aggressive and deadly strains of meningitis.
Cases of MenW have been increasing year-on-year, from 22 cases in 2009 to over 200 cases in the past 12 months.
There are a number of strains of the infection and the vaccination gives protection against four of them – MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY. These illnesses can be deadly and survivors are often left with life-changing disabilities.
Young people going on to university or college are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicaemia because they mix with so many other students, some of whom are unknowingly carrying the bacteria. But this year’s school leavers are strongly advised to get the vaccination whether starting college or not.
Find out more about the campaign and if you’re eligible for the vaccination at http://www.meningitis.org/StopTheSpread16