Published: 3 November 2016

Meningitis: Know the signs

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Students are being asked to look out for the signs and symptoms of Meningitis.

Meningitis is comparatively rare, but it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms and be prepared to take urgent action whenever it is suspected as it can develop suddenly and progress rapidly.

If signs and symptoms are present please do not wait for a rash to develop before seeking medical attention urgently. Students are also encouraged to look out for their friends, particularly if they go to their room unwell.


  • Severe and worsening headache
  • Vomiting
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Very cold hands and feet
  • Drowsiness or confusion
  • Stiff neck
  • Discomfort from bright lights
  • A rash that doesn’t fade when pressed with a glass

Students are advised to spend a few minutes watching the following video on spotting the symptoms:



Individuals who commenced university from September 2015 onwards should have received a Men ACWY vaccine before starting. If you have not received this vaccine please contact your GP to arrange.

Public Health England launched the vaccination programme for students to offer protection against four strains of the infection– MenA, MenC, MenW and MenY.

The programme was developed in response to a rapidly growing increase in cases of MenW, one of the most aggressive and deadly strains.

New students are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicaemia because they mix closely with so many other students, some of whom are unknowingly carrying the bacteria.

The germ that causes meningococcal disease is often found in our throats.  It causes no symptoms at all in most people, but a few people become ill when they pick up the germ.

To access the vaccination, please visit your GP or contact Student Health (Brownlow Health) on 0151 285 4578 or visit and they will advise when and how you can get one.

If you have any concerns at all you can seek advice from your GP or call the NHS 111 service –

Further general information about Meningitis may be obtained from the Meningitis Research Foundation: 080 8800 3344 (24hr helpline) or and Meningitis Now: 080 8801 0388 (9am and 8pm) or

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