03/08/2015

Students Urged To Get Meningococcal Vaccine

School leavers and first-time university students are being urged to get the new meningococcal vaccine which is available from today, 03 August.

The Public Health Agency said everyone born between 2 July 1996 and 1 July 1997, and first time university students up to the age of 25, will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine.

Health Minister Simon Hamilton said: "This vaccination helps protect against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal A, C, W and Y diseases. We are ensuring it is made available in Northern Ireland now, despite the extremely challenging financial position.
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"GP practices will be inviting people born between 2 July 1996 and 1 July 1997 to have the Men ACWY vaccine. The PHA is also encouraging everyone starting university for the first time, up to the age of 25, to get the vaccine. You can arrange this through your GP and it is really important to have it before you start university, if possible, and if not, to have it in the first week of term.

"Even if you have recently had the MenC vaccine, for example in school, you should still get the Men ACWY vaccine. It will increase your protection against Men C and provide protection against the three other meningococcal groups."

(CD)

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