Meningococcal disease strains A, C, W, Y vaccination (MenACWY)

We currently offer Men ACWY to young people in Year 9. This vaccination protects your child against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and septicaemia.

The Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into your child’s upper arm and protects them against nearly all serious meningococcal infections.

The bacteria are spread by close prolonged contact with a person carrying the bacteria, such as coughing, kissing and sneezing. Very occasionally; the meningococcal bacteria can cause serious illness, including meningitis and septicaemia. Meningococcal infections can strike at any age, but babies, young children and teenagers are especially vulnerable.

How does my child get this vaccination?

Children aged 13 to 14 (school year 9) are offered the Men ACWY vaccine in school as part of the routine adolescent schools programme alongside the Td/IPV teenage booster, and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination.

When your son or daughter reaches eligible age you will be sent an email with a link to complete and online decision form. Please complete this decision form as soon as you can so that we can give your child their vaccination at the arranged school session.

Vaccination Consent ( each school has an individual school code to obtain this please email 


If your child is not educated in a school setting, please contact Somerset SAINT on 0300 323 0032, to book into one of our community sessions. If you have not received a consent form then please contact Somerset SAINT to request one.

On the day

We ask that on the day of vaccination your child wears short sleeves that allow easy access to their upper arms, or wears a vest or t-shirt under their school shirt. Privacy in schools is often limited and it can be embarrassing for young people to have to remove clothing to be vaccinated.   We also need them to eat breakfast and be well hydrated before they are vaccinated.

Men ACWY is a very safe vaccine but, as with all vaccines, some children may have minor side effects. The most common side effects seen in teenagers and young people are redness, hardening and itching at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea and fatigue. These symptoms should last no more than 24 hours. Sometimes a small, painless lump develops, but this usually disappears in a few weeks.

Once your child has been vaccinated, we send that information to Child Health in Somerset. The information is then passed to your child’s GP.

Can we help?

If you have any concerns about this vaccination, for example if you are worried because your child is needle phobic, has additional needs,   or you want to ask any questions please do contact us on 0300 323 0032 and we can arrange for you to speak to one of our immunisation nurses.

For further information please view the link below:  

MenACWY vaccine – NHS (

Community Clinics



All clinics below are appointment only.

For an appointment, please contact 0300 323 0032 or email detailing your child’s name, date of birth, school and your preferred clinic location.


DAY DATE Appointment times




(Full venue details will be given upon appointment confirmation)


Tuesday 2nd April 09:30 – 14:30 Taunton
Wednesday 3rd April 09:30 – 14:30 Bridgwater
Thursday 4th April 10:00 – 14:00 Minehead
Friday 5th April 09:30 – 14:30 Shepton Mallet
Monday 8th April 09:30– 15:00 Yeovil
Tuesday 9th April 09:30 – 14:30 Glastonbury
Wednesday 10th April 10:00 – 14:00 Frome
Thursday 11th April 09:30 – 11:30 Chard
Thursday 11th April 13:30 – 14:45 South Petherton
Friday 12th April 09:30- 15:00 Taunton
Wednesday 31st July 09:30 – 14:30 Taunton
Thursday 1st August 09:30 – 14:30 Yeovil
Friday 2nd August 09:30 – 14:30 Shepton Mallet
Friday 2nd August 09:45 – 14:15 Frome
Tuesday 6th August 09:30 – 14:30 Glastonbury
Wednesday 7th August 10:00 – 14:00 Minehead
Friday 9th August 09:30 – 14:30 Wellington
Monday 12th August 09:30 – 14:00 Chard
Tuesday 13th August 10:00 – 14:00 Cheddar
Wednesday 14th August 09:30 – 14:30 Wells
Thursday 15th August 09:30 – 12:30 Taunton
Friday 16th August 09:30 – 14:00 Wincanton
Monday 19th August 09:30 – 14:30 Yeovil
Tuesday 20th August 09:30 – 14:30 Bridgwater
Wednesday 21st August 09:30 – 14:30 Burnham-On-Sea
Friday 23rd August 10:00 – 14:00 South Petherton