Get a meningitis vaccine (MenACWY)
This vaccine protects against serious infections like:
- blood poisoning (septicaemia)
It's a single injection and protects against 4 strains of the meningococcal bacteria – A, C, W and Y.
When to get it
Children aged 13 to 15 are usually offered the vaccine in school, with the 3-in-1 teenage booster.
If you did not have the vaccine, you can still get it up to the age of 25.
If you're starting university, you should have the vaccination.