Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. Meningitis can be very serious if not treated quickly. It can cause life-threatening blood poisoning (septicemia) and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves.
The Men ACWY vaccine is a single injection given into the muscle of the upper arm. It's routinely given at secondary school (in school Year 9) at the same time as the DTP vaccine.
Your child will be invited to have the vaccination at school. If your child does not currently attend school, they will be invited to an alternative local community venue.