What is meningitis and septicaemia?
Meningitis is dangerous swelling of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It can be the result of infection with bacteria or a virus or as a result of injury.
Septicaemia is when bacteria enter the bloodstream and cause blood poisoning which can trigger sepsis. Sepsis is an overwhelming and life-threatening immune response to any infection and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.
Meningococcal disease can cause both meningitis and septicaemia. There are five main groups of meningococcal bacteria that cause disease – MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY. Meningococcal disease is rare but very serious and requires urgent hospital treatment. It can lead to life-changing disabilities such as amputations, hearing loss, brain damage and scars.
What is the MenACWY vaccine?
The MenACWY vaccine protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. The MenACWY vaccine is called Nimenrix.
Having the vaccination
You will be offered both vaccinations on the same day. They be both given in your upper arm.
As with all vaccines, any reports of side effects are closely monitored and reviewed. See www.nhs.uk or see the patient information leaflet (PIL) if you’d like more information on side effects.
The team will check that you are up to date with your Measles, Rubella vaccination.