Vaccination against types A, C , W and Y have been included in the National Immunisation Programme. As of 1 May 2018, toddlers receive a vaccination that protects against meningococcal disease. In 2018 and 2019, adolescents between 14 and 18 years old receive an invitation for a vaccination.

Meningococcal disease

Young children and adolescents receive an invitation to get a vaccination that will protect them against meningococcal disease. The vaccination is being offered because type W meningococcal bacteria is currently making more and more people ill. Getting this injection will prevent them from becoming ill or infecting other people.

Where and when is the MenACWY vaccination administered?

Children aged 14 months receive an invitation from the child health centre for this vaccination. The vaccination is given simultaneously with the BMR-vaccination (mumps, measles, rubella). This means that the child will get two vaccinations, both in the upper arm.

Extended vaccine protection by 2018

In recent years, the number of cases of Meningococcal W disease has been increasing in the Netherlands. That is why, as of 1 May 2018, the Meningococcal C vaccination has been replaced by one that protects against meningococcal types A, C, W and Y. Because meningococcal type W is also hazardous for older children, the vaccination is also be offered to teenagers in the year they turn 14, as of 1 October 2018. In 2018, these refers to all teenagers that have turned or will turn 14 between 1 May and 31 December. Furthermore, teenagers between 14 and 18 years old will receive an invitation in 2018 or 2019.