Teenagers and “fresher” students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly.
The calls come after a young woman who had to have both legs amputated below the knee after contracting MenW.
Charlotte Hannibal, 21, from Nottingham, was 18 when she became ill with MenW septicaemia in February 2015, in her first year at Nottingham Trent University studying business.
She had to have both legs amputated below the knee, lost most of her left hand, and the finger tips on her right hand.
Leading nurses have called on soon-to-be university students to get the vaccine for group W meningococcal disease (Men W).
Cases of meningitis and blood poisoning caused by a highly virulent strain of Men W bacteria rapidly increased from 22 cases in England in 2009/10 to 210 in 2015/16.
As a result, health officials added the Men ACWY immunisation to the national immunisation programme in August 2015.
Older teenagers and university students are encouraged to get the Men ACWY vaccine to protect themselves against the deadly bacteria.
The Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y.
The Men ACWY vaccine is called Nimenrix.
Anyone who is eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine should have it, even if they’ve previously had the Men C vaccine.
The Men ACWY vaccine is highly effective in preventing illness caused by the four meningococcal strains, including the highly virulent Men W strain.
For more information, speak to your health centre nurse or doctor or visit www.nhs.uk/vaccinations , www.meningitis.org or www.meningitisnow.org .
Source : BirminghamMail