Don’t ignore the signs, Meningitis can kill in hours. It could happen to anyone. It could happen to you!
Be aware, be prepared
Meningococcal meningitis and septicemia (blood poisoning) are rare but severe diseases that can kill or leave people with life changing disabilities and health problems.
Teenagers and university students in particular, are at increased risk. But you can protect yourself against four kinds of meningococcal disease by getting your FREE MenACWY vaccine.
Protect yourself with MenACWY vaccine
Most UK teenagers and young adults born after August 1996 have already had MenACWY vaccine but remain eligible up to their 25th birthday. Students of any nationality entering a UK university for the first time who have not had MenACWY vaccine are also eligible up to their 25th birthday. If you fit either of these groups and have not yet had the vaccine, please contact your GP Practice now. If you are unsure, please discuss this with the Practice.
MenACWY vaccine is very effective at preventing meningococcal meningitis and septicemia caused by MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY.
But remember that this vaccine can’t prevent all forms of meningitis and septicemia. So it is very important that you are aware of the signs and symptoms (soon to follow in another post).