The Admissions and Access Service has been asked by the University’s Occupational Health Service to bring the following information to your attention.
Local, EU and international students aged up to 25 years and starting university for the first time, should get the Meningitis ACWY vaccine from their GP before going to university. The Meningitis ACWY vaccine will increase protection against four Meningitis groups (A,C,W and Y).
There is an increased risk of infection with meningitis spreading when people live closely to each other such as in university halls of residence and other shared accommodation. It is therefore recommended that students receive vaccination at least 2 weeks before starting university.
Meningococcal bacteria can cause:
- meningitis (inflammation of the lining in the brain)
- septicaemia (blood poisoning) often leading to a rash of dark spots
Meningitis can cause death or long-term health problems including:
- learning difficulties
Symptoms of meningitis:
Meningitis can affect anyone, but is common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. Symptoms of meningitis develop suddenly and can include:
- a high temperature (fever) over 37.5C (99.5F)
- a headache
- a blotchy rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it (this won't always develop)
- a stiff neck
- discomfort or pain to the eyes due to light exposure
- drowsiness or unresponsiveness
- seizures (fits)
All students who are changing their GP or who are registering with one for the first time should choose a GP in the local area when starting university. If not already vaccinated, they can arrange to get this vaccine and other vaccines as appropriate. This should be done straight away – ideally in the first week of term – don’t leave it until later.
If you would like further information about meningitis vaccination, visit: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/men-acwy-vaccination-teenagers-and-students