Meningitis ACWY

Meningitis ACWY​ Vaccines in Ash vale Pharmacy and Travel Clinic

What is Meningococcal Disease?

Meningitis, Meningococcal Disease is attributed to 13 different groups of bacteria. In the UK, the predominant culprits are MenB, MenC, MenW, or MenY. These bacteria commonly reside in the posterior nasal and throat areas, with 10 out of 100 carriers exhibiting no discernible symptoms or illness. This asymptomatic carrier state poses a significant risk, facilitating the ease of disease transmission.

The transmission of Meningococcal Disease occurs through close contact with an individual carrying the bacteria. These bacteria have the potential to give rise to severe conditions such as meningitis or septicemia, the latter of which can lead to sepsis and, in some cases, fatal outcomes.

Although Meningococcal infections can affect individuals of any age, infants, young children, and teenagers are notably more susceptible to the adverse impacts of the disease.

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Who should have the MenACWY vaccine?

Presently, the vaccination is advised for teenagers, as they constitute the demographic most prone to harboring meningococcal bacteria in the nasal and throat regions.
If you fall within the years 9-10, were born after 1 September 1996, or if you are commencing university for the first time, the MenACWY vaccine is recommended. Additionally, this recommendation extends to overseas students up to the age of 25.

Vaccine Effectiveness

The highly effective MenACWY vaccine comprises the sugar coating present on the surface of the four types of Meningococcal bacteria. Its mechanism of action involves stimulating the immune response, prompting the body to produce antibodies against the disease without actually causing the individual to contract the illness. This approach enhances immunity by preparing the body’s defense system to ward off potential Meningococcal infections.

Who should not have the MenACWY vaccine?

Individuals with allergies to the vaccine or any of its components should refrain from receiving it. Like any vaccine or medication, it’s crucial to consult with your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have any kind of bleeding or clotting problem (ie: haemophilia) or bruise easily
  • Are experiencing a high temperature
  • Any other concerns

Ashvale Pharmacy and Travel Clinic now offers the Meningitis ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) in Ashvale,Aldershot.

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