Be on the TEAM: Teenagers against Meningitis
Evaluating the effect of immunisation with group B meningococcal vaccines on meningococcal carriage
The University of Nottingham Health Service are inviting students in school year 12 to take part in a research project to understand whether immunising teenagers with vaccines against ‘Meningitis B’ could protect them and the rest of the community against these potentially deadly bacteria. This is a national study involving 24,000 year 12 students across the United Kingdom. Teenagers at participating schools are being asked to take part by local research teams involved.
Meningitis is caused by an infection around the surface of the brain. It is rare but can be life-threatening and mostly affects babies, young children and adolescents. An important cause of meningitis is a type of bacteria (or germs) called meningococcus.
What is the ‘Be on the TEAM’ study?
- This study will see if immunising teenagers with MenB vaccines reduces the carriage of meningococcus in teenager’s throats, which could in turn protect the broader community
- Teenagers who take part will receive 2 doses of a Meningitis B vaccine
- These are licensed vaccines that teenagers would not otherwise receive, and will reduce their risk of meningitis
- Participants would have two throat swabs taken 1 year apart
- There would be three study visits, over 12 to 18 months
- All visits would be held within participating schools
Which schools are taking part?
The schools listed below are participating within Nottingham:
Bilborough College; Bluecoat Aspley Academy; Bramcote College; Chilwell School and Sixth Form; Friesland School; Hucknall Sixth Form; Nottingham Academy; Nottingham Girls Academy; Nottingham High School; Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology; Rushcliffe School; The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form; The West Bridgford School; Trinity School.
Where can I find out more information?
The University of Nottingham Health Service study information booklet contains more information (www.unhs.co.uk).
If you would like any further information regarding the study please contact the study team on:
Tel: 0115 846 8888
Be on the TEAM