Herd Immunity

Researchers from the University of Oxford reported findings from a large-scale study that examined the impact of the UK’s MenACWY vaccination program on the carriage of meningitis bacteria in the throats of UK teenagers.

They demonstrated that by immunizing teenagers with MenACWY vaccines not only protect them directly, but also reduce the risk of others in the community (also called herd immunity) suffering from meningitis and sepsis due to these bacteria.

Public Health and Mental Health Minister Dr Caroline Johnson said, “Vaccination remains the best line of defense against infectious diseases, including meningitis, and I encourage everyone eligible to take up their free jab”.

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