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Meningococcal ACWY

Meningococcal ACWY

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The meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine helps to protect against meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia) that are caused by 4 groups of meningococcal bacteria; A, C, W and Y.

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is when the lining of the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed and swollen. This will result in pressure on the brain causing symptoms like:
  • Headaches
  • Stiff neck
  • Photosensitivity
  • Drowsiness
  • Seizures

What is septicaemia?

Septicaemia is also known as blood poisoning. This is a very serious and life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly. Some of the signs and symptoms that can appear very quickly include cold hands and feets, pale coloured skin, vomiting, becoming very sleepy and finding it difficult to wake up.

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

Our trained pharmacist can administer the meningococcal ACWY vaccine under a patient group direction for people of all ages who are at risk of exposure to Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, including:

Travellers who are visiting meningococcal meningitis risk areas, such as:

– Backpackers

– Those living or working with local people

– Long stay or high risk visitors to sub-Saharan Africa

-Pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah

Infants (from birth), children and adults with asplenia, splenic dysfunction ( which includes sickle-cell disease, and coeliac disease)

Individuals aged 10 years to less than 25 years ( including students up to 25 years attending university for the first time) who have never received a MenC- containing vaccine.

Please click HERE to book an appointment with our trained pharmacist.

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