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All year 9 pupils will be offered Meningitis ACWY, which is given a single injection. The MenACWY was added to the national immunisation programme in 2015. It protects against four different types of meningitis.
Read more about the vaccines you are offered at secondary school.
Meningitis is swelling of the lining of the brain caused by a virus or bacteria, and could also result from an injury.
As well as swelling of the lining of the brain, a meningococcal infection can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can be very serious, and life threatening especially if not treated quickly.
Depending on your age, this vaccine may be offered in school or by your GP practice. It may be given at the same time as the teenage booster vaccination.
It will protect you against the A, C, W and Y strains of meningitis. There are different types of meningitis, but these are among the most common ones.
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