Cases of meningitis W continue to rise in England & Wales

Cases of meningitis W have continued to increase over recent years. From mid 2016 to mid 2017 there were 46 cases in under 5-year-olds in England. Though these numbers are thankfully still very small, and meningitis w remains a rare disease, the worrying thing is that the number of cases has been increasing year on year since 2006/7 when there were only 6 cases in children under 5 years of age. A Men ACWY vaccine has been introduced for teenagers but young children remain unprotected even though there are more cases in children under 5 years than there are in the age group 15-24 who are protected by the new jab. The Men ACWY jab can be given from 6 weeks of age.