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Bereaved parents warn teenagers over meningitis risk

Bereaved parents warn teenagers over meningitis risk

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Parents who lost a teenager to meningitis are warning other parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against the disease.The Men ACWY vaccine is offered free to all 17- and 18-year-olds and first-time university entrants under 25 because students are particularly at risk.But only a third of young people get the life-saving vaccine, and cases of Men W are on the rise.Meningitis Now said it was "deeply concerned" about low vaccine uptake.Julia Styles lost her daughter Emily at 19 as she was preparing to go to Winchester University.She had been working as a teaching assistant and had plans to become a special needs teacher.Painful lossWhen she started feeling unwell, a few days after Christmas 2013, she was at her boyfriend's house. The following day when she tried to get up, she colla...