A meningitis vaccination programme will begin in the New Year in Greenwich to help protect teenagers from the disease.
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust nurses will be vaccinating Years 9 and 10 – but need parental consent.
Last year, just 15% of teenagers in Greenwich schools took up the vaccine, meaning they are susceptible to the Meningitis W strain or could pass it to others.
Teenagers are particularly at risk of this strain, which can cause a severe infection and has a higher death rate than the more common Meningitis C and Meningitis B strains.
Consent letters have been sent home with children for parents to sign for their child to have the vaccine at school.
They will be offered the MenACWY vaccine and the 3-in1 teenage booster. The latter protects your child against three serious and potentially fatal diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio.
If you haven’t seen the letter yet, you can ask your school for one – all school offices have a supply of spare consent forms.
Or you can call the Oxleas Immunisation Team on 0208 320 5741.
For more information please contact Oxleas Immunisation Team on 0208 320 5741 you can also visit: www.oxleas.nhs.uk/immunisation or NHS Choices on: www.nhs.uk
Signs and symptoms of Meningitis:
Trust your instincts. Someone who has meningitis or septicaemia could become seriously ill very quickly. Get medical help immediately if you suspect meningitis or septicaemia - it's a race against time.