Thousands of young teenagers are being protected from meningitis and three other diseases, following an immunisation programme delivered by school nurses from Solent NHS Trust.
From the end of this month to May, the nurses will be in Southampton and Portsmouth schools vaccinating Year 9 pupils against meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and polio. This is commonly known as the school leavers’ vaccination. Pupils in years 10 and 11 will continue to be offered the vaccination from their GP surgery.
“Meningitis is a rare but life threatening inflammation of the brain and blood poisoning disease. It has been on the rise since 2009 in England and there’s no sign of the numbers declining. As teenagers get older, their risk of being infected increases hence this programme to protect them now,” said Lorraine Fenner, Clinical Modern Matron for School Nursing Service.
“Working in partnership with local schools, we are already delivering flu and HPV immunisation and are, naturally, excited about the opportunity to offer even further protection to young people. As always, we are more than happy to provide parents, teachers and, of course, the young people themselves with more information about the protection we are offering them,” added Lorraine.
The Year 9 pupils will be offered a MenACWY vaccine that protects them against the meningococcal bacteria and septicaemia, from strains A,C,W,Y. This vaccination reduces the risk of carrying the bacteria; protects the individual and those around them.
Parents will be receiving further information through their schools along with a consent form. Children known to be home educated will also be offered the vaccine. //Ends
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