injectionMeningococcal disease can affect all age groups, but rates are highest in children under five, with the peak in babies aged under one. There's a second spike in cases in young people aged between 15 and 19 and the disease tends to strike in winter.

Children are routinely offered the vaccine aged three months, 12 months and a booster at 13-15 years. Students aged under-25 are also to be targeted with a catch-up booster, as will anyone this age who hasn’t received the MenC vaccine.

To help health professionals deliver their immunisation programmes safely, Public Health England has produced a meningitis C vaccine poster, to ensure the correct vaccines are used for infants, adolescents and students. The Don’t Mess Up with your MenC Vaccines! poster can be downloaded, printed and displayed.