MP Encourages Take Up Of Meningitis Vaccination
Local MP Greg Mulholland has backed calls by the Meningitis Now charity encouraging young people to get vaccinated against meningitis.
August 2015 saw government launch a vaccination programme to protect young people aged 14-18 against a worrying and growing type of bacterial meningitis, meningococcal W (Men W).
The number of cases of Men W has continued to grow since 2009, including an 85% rise from 95 cases in 2013/14 to 176 cases in 2014/15.
Meningitis Now point out that despite this year-on-year rise in diagnosed cases, take-up rates of the lifesaving vaccine across the UK are worryingly low at just 36%.
Meningitis is an infection that affects the brain and spinal cord and can be contagious. It can be serious if not treated quickly, can cause life-threatening blood poisoning and even result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves.
Commenting, Greg said:
"I welcome the vaccination drive that was launched last year but share the concerns of Meningitis Now at the low take-up rate. Nearly two-thirds of young people aren't getting the vaccine despite young people being one of the groups most vulnerable to the infection. I would certainly encourage contacting your GP to see how you can get the vaccine and be protected against meningitis."
Liz Brown, Chief Executive of Meningitis Now, added:
"We welcome Mr Mulholland's support in calling on young people across the UK to get the Men ACWY vaccine. Young people, especially those attending university for the first time should, if they haven't done so already, take immediate action to protect themselves from this virulent meningitis bug. The vaccination is free and available through student health services."
MP Encourages Take Up Of Meningitis Vaccination, 30th September 2016, 16:00 PM