the disease can develop very soon
the strain is one of the most aggressive and deadly strains of meningitis
meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection
Public Health England said: .. “MenW cases have been increasing year-on-year, from 22 cases in 2009 to more than 200 cases in the last 12 months [
“There are a number of strains of infection and vaccination protects against four of them – MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY. “
These diseases can be fatal, and survivors are often left with disabilities life-changing.
PHE is calling on students to “be alert to the symptoms”
young people who go to university or college are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicemia because mixed with many other students, some of whom are being unknowingly bacteria.
But no one in this age group is highly recommended for vaccination – either starting college or
Dr. Mary Ramsay, head of immunization said PHE “. Since 2009, there has been a rapid increase in cases of men W across England, with students especially at risk.
“The protection of young people from this potentially deadly disease as they embark on one of the most important stages of life is vital. The vaccine will save lives and prevent devastating disability lifetime
“we are encouraging all eligible 17 and 18 years old who have just left school to get vaccinated -. Especially those heading to college or university.
Early Symptoms include headache and vomiting, and cold hands and feet
“Young people and those around them should be alert to the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicemia. Vaccinated so soon as possible, stay alert and seek emergency medical help if you have concerns for yourself or friends “
doctors will write to all young people aged 17 to 18 years -. Born between 01/09/1997 and 31/08/1998 vaccinated encourage your surgery as soon as possible.
PHE also advises everyone over 25 years who is starting college vaccinated by their GP.
What are the symptoms?
MenACWY The vaccination program was introduced last year in response to a large increase in infections caused by a highly aggressive strain of group W meningococcal bacteria (Men W).
The disease can develop suddenly and progress rapidly. Early symptoms include headache, vomiting, muscle pain, fever, and cold hands and feet.
Students should be alert to the signs and symptoms and should not wait for a rash to develop before seeking medical attention. Students are also encouraged to look out for their friends, especially if they go to the sickroom.
The vaccine not only protects vaccinated, but also helps to control the spread of the disease among the general population. This is the second year that the vaccine is being offered at this age group.
Students They are at increased risk for the disease because they are exposed to new bacteria
‘A quarter of the carrying students of the bacterium
Liz Brown, meningitis now chief executive, said. “up to a quarter of students carry bacteria that can cause meningitis compared to one in ten of the general population
in the UK each university can experience at least one case of meningitis among students in the first term
“it is vital that those who go to college this fall are not complacent about the threat of meningitis -. urge them to take this life-saving vaccine before they go. “
Vinny Smith, executive director of Meningitis Research Foundation, said making people of vaccines not only protect themselves from a life-threatening disease but also protect others by stopping the spread
he continued. “If people have the meningitis can be like a very bad hangover rapidly worsening. It may be fatal so act fast and get medical help. “
Viral meningitis is the most common and less severe type and bacterial meningitis is rare but can be very serious if left untreated.
The warning comes after the youths were reminded vaccinated against measles .