Doctors Recommend Meningitis W Vaccination for Students

students meningitis wOur doctors highly recommend Meningitis W to protect teenagers and young people from this rising strain.

Students are especially at risk due to living in close quarters and mixing with lots of new people. The highest risk of meningitis is in the first year of university and particularly during the first few months.

The NHS website states:

Students going to university or college for the first time, including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25, should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of or in the first few weeks of the academic year.

Cases of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by the meningococcal W bacteria are rising, due to a particularly deadly strain. Meningitis W infections are particularly severe and usually need to be treated in intensive care. They have a higher death rate than the more common Men C and Men B strains.

Symptoms of Meningitis and Septicaemia

Meningitis W can come on suddenly and progress very quickly. Early symptoms include headache, vomiting, muscle pain, fever and cold hands and feet. Men W can also cause other illnesses, such as pneumonia and septic arthritis.

A rash of tiny red pinpricks may also develop if septicaemia has set in. This rash doesn’t fade under pressure and ‘the glass test’ is a good way of if it doesn’t fade under pressure – for instance, when gently pressing a glass against it (the “glass test”).

If you, or a child or adult you know, has these symptoms, seek urgent medical advice. Don’t wait for a rash to develop. Early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics are vital.


In this video, Meningitis Research Foundation patron, Dr Hillary Jones, describes the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia

Vaccination In Stock

The Meningitis W vaccination is now in stock at The Smart Clinics Brompton Cross and Wandsworthclinics.

It is given in one injection into the upper arm and protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

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