Consent forms need to be returned to school by Monday 22nd February. Meningococcal disease can lead to Meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning)

Joanne Yarwood, National immunisation Programme Manager at Public Health England said: ‘As a mum of teenagers, I know how busy their lives can be, and so I urge all parents of 13-19 year olds to complete and return forms to schools. Meningitis can be deadly and survivors are often left with severe disabilities as a result of this terrible disease. Encouraging your Son or Daughter to have the this vaccine could save their life, or prevent them from permanent disability’.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England added ‘ We must remain alert to the signs and symptoms of Meningococcal disease and seek urgent medical attention if there are any concerns. The disease develops rapidly and early symptoms can include, headache, vomiting, muscle pain and fever with cold hands and feet. Be aware of all signs and symptoms and trust your instincts-Don’t wait for a rash to develop before seeking urgent medical attention.