Health professionals are continuing an ongoing campaign against meningococcal W (MenW) in the U.K., where there has been a steep increase in cases in recent years.
Analysts have discovered that the rise is because of an especially dangerous strain of MenW, called ST-11, that causes higher rates of death than other strains of meningococcal. The researchers used the genome library to identify the correct strain causing the increase in MenW cases among healthy young adults and teenagers.
The campaign, #StopTheSpread, is to encourage university freshmen and teens 14 to 18 to receive their MenW vaccinations. It is important to receive these vaccines before school starts.
Certain schools, depending on the age and location of the student, provide students with vaccines. Students can also schedule an appointment with their general practitioner to receive a vaccine against the dangerous strain.
Health professionals believe that vaccinations are the best way to protect people against diseases like MenW. Vaccines protect the recipient and others who cannot receive vaccines, such as elderly people and infants.