Student from Bristol sadly contracted meningococcal disease

16 Aug 2017
Student from Bristol sadly contracted meningococcal disease

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a confirmed case of group B meningococcal disease (MenB) in a person who attended the Boardmasters Festival in Newquay last week. 

The individual is a student at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College that saw two confirmed cases of meningococcal disease during spring of 2016. 

Rob Dawson, Head of Support at Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) said, “We are saddened by this news and the thoughts of everyone at MRF are with the family and friends. Anyone with questions or concerns following this story can call our free helpline on 080 8800 3344. 

"The MenB vaccine is not routinely given to teenagers." - Rob dawson, MRF

"There are a number of different groups of meningococcal disease. MenB meningitis and septicaemia is the most common. In the UK, babies are routinely vaccinated against MenB. However the MenB vaccine is not routinely given to teenagers who are also a high risk age group for the disease. The vaccine can be paid for privately however."

A different vaccine that protects against other groups of meningococcal disease - MenACWY - has been routinely offered to teenagers in the UK Since 2015. This was introduced following a rapid rise in a deadly strain of MenW and helps to protect against four different types of meningococcal disease - Men A, C, W and Y. It’s really important for all eligible young people to get this vaccine. MRF’s eligibility checker makes it easy to find out who is eligible to get the MenACWY vaccine free:

MRF is currently supporting research to find out whether vaccinating teenagers would stop them carrying the MenB bacteria and hopes that this research could unlock MenB protection for everyone in the UK. Find out more here.

Meningococcal B: The main cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK and Ireland
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