The MenACWY vaccination programme was introduced for teenagers in 2015 to stop a rapid rise in cases of the new and particularly deadly MenW (meningococcal group W meningitis and septicaemia).
Since then, uptake of the vaccine has been high in teenagers who have been offered it through school. However, older teenagers (year 13 school leavers) needed to book an appointment with their GP to get their free vaccine, and Public Health England (PHE) data showed that uptake among people who left school in 2015 and 2016 had been worryingly low.
The One Life One Shot campaign aimed to increase uptake of the vaccine. Data from PHE shows that raising awareness helped and uptake of the vaccine improved during the campaign period.
To check eligibility for the vaccine visit: www.meningitis.org/oneshot.