Public Health England urges young people going to college or university this autumn to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) due to the MenW bug, one of the most aggressive and deadly strains of meningitis.
The advice comes as cases of MenW have been increasing year-on-year, from 22 cases in 2009 to over 200 cases in the past 12 months. Young people going on to university or college are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicaemia because they mix with so many other students, some of whom are unknowingly carrying the bacteria, says PHE. But anyone in this age group is strongly advised to get the vaccination – whether starting college or not.
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