Published: 16 January 2017

Students urged to get meningitis and septicaemia vaccinations

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First year students who have not already been vaccinated against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are being urged to do so.

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

Early symptoms you should be aware of include: severe diarrhoea and vomiting, headache, muscle pain, fever, cold hands and feet.

Students should be alert to the signs and symptoms and should 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.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England, said: “Many students will have been vaccinated before they left home for university and some will have got vaccinated by their new GP last term. However, for those who haven’t, it is not too late. First year students remain at significantly greater risk than most young people from this deadly disease. So I would strongly urge them to go and see their GP to get vaccinated – it could save their life.”

Things you should do

  • Get your Men ACWY vaccine, if you have not already. The Men ACWY vaccine is a single injection that protects against meningitis and septicaemia
  • If you have not already registered with a GP, please do so
  • Seek medical advice immediately if someone has concerning symptoms, or their condition appears to be getting worse
  • If you think you are unwell, tell someone
  • If your friend is ill, keep an eye on them

For further information about the MenACWY vaccination, see the NHS Choices website.

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4 thoughts on “Students urged to get meningitis and septicaemia vaccinations

  1. TyphoidMary

    This news item is slightly misleading and suggests that there are 2 vaccinations.
    MenACWY is a single vaccine which prevents infection with 4 strains of meningitis bacteria (A, C, W135 and Y strain), which can cause both meningitis and septicaemia.
    If you have previously had a Meningitis B or a Men C vaccine you will also need to be vaccinated against these 4 currently circulating strains.

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    1. Francesca (Administrator) Post author

      Thanks for getting in touch and for flagging this. We’ve now updated the article.

      Reply
  2. anon

    It would have been helpful if the article had mentioned that the men ACWY vaccine is only available to 1st year students. I made an appointment with student health to get the vaccine after reading this but was told I couldn’t get it because I’m in 3rd year.

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    1. Francesca (Administrator) Post author

      Thanks for getting in contact and for flagging this. The story has now been tweaked to make it clearer that first year students who have not already been vaccinated against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are being urged to do so.

      Reply

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