Increase in cases of meningitis W in England & WalesMeningococcal disease, which causes meningitis and blood poisoning, has been becoming less common in England over the last 10 to 15 years in large part due to the widespread use of the meningitis C vaccine. However, there has been a slow and steady increase in meningitis W. This disease kills one in eight of those who contract it and is thus even deadlier than the more common meningitis B. For the first time in 2013 meningitis W deaths were seen in young children. The government is initiating a national vaccination programme for teenagers as this is the most cost-effective way of preventing spread of the disease.
However there are more cases in children than in teenagers and, on an individual level, it may be more prudent to get your child vaccinated when younger. BabyJabs offers the aluminium-free Men ACWY vaccine to babies from two months of age.