We are inviting students in 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 in my area are participating?
- Thomas Aveling School
- Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys
- Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
- Hugh Christie Technology College
- Maskalls Academy
- Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School
- Valley Park School
- Benenden Private School
- The Lenham School
- Cornwallis Academy
- Fulston Manor School
- Partnership of Greenacre and Walderslade Sixth Form
- St Simons Stock Catholic School
- Chatham Girls Grammar School
- Highworth Grammar School
- The Victory Academy
- The Maplesten Noakes School
- The Brompton Academy
- Invicta Girls Grammar School
- Oakwood Park Grammar School
- The Norton Natchball School
- The Skinners School
- Sutton Valence School
Where can I find out more information?
The Maidstone study information booklet contains more information.
If you would like any further information regarding the study please contact the study team on:
Tel: 01622 220286