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 the Thames Valley
- Cheney School, Oxford
- The Grange School, Aylesbury
- Kennet School, Thatcham
- King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage
- Matthew Arnold School, Oxford
- Our Lady’s School, Abingdon
- Queen Anne’s School, Caversham
- Tudor Hall School, Banbury
- Park House School, Newbury
- Radley College, Abingdon
- Magdalen College School, Oxford
- St Bartholomew's School, Newbury
- Oxford High School, Oxford
- Headington School, Oxford
Where can I find out more information?
The Oxford Vaccine Group study information booklets contain more information (Information booklet)
If you would like any further information regarding the study please contact the study team on:
The MenB Carriage Team
Oxford Vaccine Group