Teens urged to get vaccination

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Teenagers who have recently left sixth form are being urged to get a new vaccine to protect against meningitis and septicaemia.

The vaccine has been introduced to combat a rise in the number of cases of meningitis, which have increased from 22 cases in 2009 to 117 in 2014.

Councillor Jim Andrews, Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesperson for Public Health, stressed the importance of the new vaccine.

He said: “This age group is at a higher risk of contracting the disease, as many will be starting university this year and mixing closely with new people, some of whom may carry the meningococcal bacteria.

“Meningitis can be deadly, and survivors can often be left with severe disabilities. This will help to save lives.” he said.