Are you having problems getting the Men ACWY vaccine?

5th July 2017

We are receiving a number of enquiries from concerned students who are having difficulty getting  the Men ACWY vaccine from their GP surgery

Men ACWY vaccine blog

All GP surgeries have been sent information about this vaccine programme and should now be inviting year 13/school leavers to make an appointment. However, if you left school in 2015 and did not receive your ACWY vaccine then; or you are under 25 and off to uni for the first time, you will not be invited to the surgery, but should make an appointment yourself.

Are you having problems getting the Men ACWY vaccine?

All GP surgeries have been sent informationabout this vaccine programme and should now be inviting year 13/school leavers to make an appointment. However, if you left school in 2015 and did not receive your ACWY vaccine then; or you are under 25 and off to uni for the first time, you will not be invited to the surgery, but should make an appointment yourself.

If you are experiencing problems: 

  • Check you are eligible to receive this vaccine
  • Ask to speak to the practice nurse or practice manager at the surgery (rather than the receptionist)
  • If the surgery requires more information, you can refer them to the following documents:
  • A small number of GP surgeries may not have signed up for this programme. In this case, the surgery should direct you to the local NHS England team who will be able to help you find an alternative provider.
  • It is recommended that students are immunised at least two weeks before attending university. If this is not possible students should register with a GP when they start university and get the vaccine as soon as possible. Please be aware if you live outside Scotland but are attending University in Scotland, ensure you get the Men ACWY vaccine before you go. You will not automatically be able to get it from the GP surgery when you get there

If you require further information or help please contact our helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or email helpline@meningitisnow.org.

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