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Teenagers in England to be vaccinated against meningitis group W

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1486 (Published 16 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1486
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Teenagers in England are to be vaccinated against meningitis W after a worrying rise in the incidence of meningococcal group W disease since 2009.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended that a vaccination programme for 14-18 year olds should be implemented as soon as possible, to generate herd protection against meningitis W for the rest of the population. The independent advisory committee said, “Levels of disease were consistent with an outbreak situation, with cases and deaths occurring in all age ranges, constituting a public health emergency.”

The Department of Health for England has accepted the advice and …

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