UK teenage/fresher MenACWY vaccine

  • Young people across the UK are being offered free MenACWY vaccine to combat a rapid rise in a deadly strain of MenW (meningococcal W) meningitis and septicaemia
  • People under the age of 25 going to uni for the first time are also being offered the vaccine

Can you get the FREE MenACWY vaccine?

MRF's online checker makes it easy for you to find out if you are eligible

Click and check now!

Why you need to have the MenACWY vaccine

  • MenW is rising rapidly. Cases have been nearly doubling each year, so MenACWY vaccine was introduced in 2015.
  • MenW is a particularly virulent strain. It causes severe disease in healthy young people and is harder to spot and more likely to kill than other strains.
  • Vaccination with MenACWY also protects you against other strains. You'll also be protected against MenA, MenC and MenY meningitis and septicaemia. 
  • Getting vaccinated will help stop the spread of MenW. This means that other people are less likely to get MenW, including your friends and family. 
  • You are at greater risk of getting MenW. Teenagers and young adults have a higher risk than other age groups.   
Vaccination with MenACWY vaccine will protect you and stop the spread of this virulent strain.
Read more about the rise in cases of MenW

Sophie contracted MenW when she was 21


Want to know more?

Download our Comprehensive UK MenACWY factsheet, call the MRF helpline on 080 8800 3344 or email

Problems accessing MenACWY vaccine?

We have been contacted by students and other young people who have had difficulty getting the MenACWY vaccine from their GP.

The NHS has sent information to GPs about the vaccine and so most GPs should be offering it to those who are eligible.

If you experience difficulties please:

Page last updated 22.06.17