The 2017 school leaver cohort (teenagers born between 01/09/1998-31/08/1999) is now eligible for urgent catch-up with MenACWY vaccination. These young people should be invited by their GP practice for vaccination over the coming months.
Since 2009, there has been a large increase in group W meningococcal (MenW) disease in England, resulting in several deaths in teenagers. Older teenagers and young adults who are not vaccinated are at risk of getting MenW infection, so need to get vaccinated. The vaccine also helps protect others around them. These students may have had a MenC vaccination before but still require the MenACWY vaccine as this gives the extra protection needed. The vaccination is free and may save their life.