Vinny Smith, Chief Executive of MRF said, “We agree with the Coroner that there has been confusion about who is eligible for the MenACWY vaccine and how those eligible should get it. We received many calls to our helpline from people who had not been informed by their GP practice about the vaccine, and many faced difficulties getting it when they asked.
“It’s a tragedy for a young person to die from a disease that is vaccine preventable. With Sharon’s help, MRF has worked to improve communication from public health bodies, local services and GPs. We’ve also campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of MenW meningitis and the MenACWY vaccine which protects vulnerable young people from the deadly infection. An eligibility checker on our website makes it easy for everyone to find out if they can get the vaccine free.
“In summary, the MenACWY vaccine is now routinely offered to children in school at around 14 years of age, but anyone in England over 14 that has not yet had the vaccine can get it if they were born after 1st September 1996. Anyone starting university for the first time aged under 25 can also get it.”
Read the Coroner’s report here.
See Sharon’s story here.