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GPs are doing what they can to increase take-up of meningitis vaccine

 

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GPs are doing what they can to increase take-up of meningitis vaccine

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the RCGP, has responded to a report by the Meningitis Research Foundation saying: “GPs are always on the alert for signs of meningitis and we are doing everything we can to increase awareness and take-up of the MenACWY immunisation programme.

However, there are different rules and responsibilities for vaccinating specific age groups, which has made it confusing for GPs and schools, as well as for our young patients and their parents. School services have responsibility for vaccinating school aged pupils, while GPs have responsibility for school leavers, but we can only carry out vaccinations on surgery premises and many young people are busy with exams and do not always respond to their call-up invitations." More....