If you're starting university in September you will be mixing with hundreds of new people on a daily basis...
This means that if people are not immunized, viruses can spread quickly and easily.
Therefore, students under the age of 25 who have not been vaccinated, are advised to book their free meningitis vaccination (MenACWY) before starting university, or to register with a doctor in the first week of term and book an appointment.
This applies to everyone going to university for the first time, including overseas and mature students.
Meningitis – know the facts
- Meningitis is an infection of the meninges - the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord
- Meningococcal bacteria are common and carried harmlessly in the nose or throat by about one in 10 people
- They are passed on through close contact
- Fever, cold hands and feet
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Drowsiness, difficult to wake up
- Irritability and/or confusion
- Dislike of bright lights
- Severe headache or muscle pains
- Pale, blotchy skin with or without a rash
- Stiff neck
GPs across the UK are inviting 17 and 18-year-olds to come for a vaccine and first-time students under 25 are eligible too, so make an appointment and get protected!
If you're unsure whether you've already been vaccinated you should be able to check with your family doctor before you come to university.