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Immunisation

Immunisation is an important method of disease prevention. By recieving a vaccination, usually in the form of an injection, a person can be 'immunised' against a disease, and reduce their likelihood of developing the illness.

Men ACWY vaccine

Young teenagers, sixth formers and 'fresher' students going to university for the first time are now routinely offered a vaccination to prevent Meningitis W disease. The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of Meningitis and Septicaemia- Meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

GP practices will automatically send letters inviting 17-and 18-year-olds in school year 13 to have the Men ACWY vaccine. Students going away to university or college for the first time as freshers should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of the academic year. Younger teenagers (school year 9 or 10) will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine in school as part of the routine adolescent schools programme alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster, and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination.

For more information go to the NHS Choices website; where it tells you about the diease, any side effects from the vaccine and more.

You can also follow the Twitter account @PHE_UK for the latest updates.