Tuesday 29 August 2023
In a report published by the UK Health Security Agency on 23 August 2023, one in eight new students from England will be unprotected against meningitis having missed their MenACWY vaccination in year 9 or 10.
While this figure does not represent the status of students within the Bailiwick, where the uptake of the vaccine in the Bailiwick is around 95%, Public Health Services would like to take the opportunity to highlight the importance of students knowing their vaccination status and that they can catch up with any missed vaccinations via the school nursing team.
Alex Hawkins-Drew, Associate Director of Public Health said:
'Students starting college or university this September, or returning students, are at increased risk of serious diseases such as meningitis, septicaemia, and measles as they mix with large numbers of other students from all over the world. It is therefore important that they know what vaccines they have received in childhood and if they have missed any of their routine vaccines, who to contact to receive these vaccines before they leave the island.'
The 3 vaccines students should be up to date with include:
- MenACWY - protecting against 4 common strains causing meningitis ad septicaemia.
- MMR - protecting against measles, mumps and rubella.
- HPV - protecting against HPV related cancers such as cervical cancer and other cancers of the head, neck and genital areas and genital warts.
Students can confirm their vaccination records with the School Nursing team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or their GP. Any young person wishing to receive a vaccine they have missed can arrange this by contacting the immunisation team on email@example.com. Vaccines for students are provided free of charge.