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GPs told to delay MenC programme due to MenW outbreak

Following a rapid increase in meningococcal group W (MenW) disease in England, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended an emergency programme to vaccinate all 14-18 years-olds (school years 10-13) with a quadrivalent MenACWY conjugate vaccine to provide direct and herd protection to the whole population.

Public Health England is urgently trying to procure sufficient MenACWY vaccine to vaccinate those currently in year 13 and is asking GPs to delay the current MenC freshers programme due to start in April until the MenACWY vaccine becomes available. This will avoid the need to revaccinate this group to provide additional protection against MenW. More ....