Meningitis vaccine awareness for new students

Posted by ac652 at Aug 24, 2016 02:24 PM |
All new students coming to university are being encouraged to have the meningitis (MenACWY) vaccine before arriving.

Public Health England is advising all new students to have the meningitis (MenACWY) vaccine before starting university.

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the meninges (the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord). The infection can be caused by bacteria or a virus, and it leads to the meninges becoming inflamed. This can cause damage to the nerves and brain.

Meningitis is a serious disease which can strike rapidly, with little warning, and if left untreated, could be fatal. Outbreaks tend to occur where people live or work closely together, such as at university, living in halls of residence.

Students are advised to have the vaccine before starting university

GPs are contacting all eligible 17 and 18-year-olds to offer immunisation, as well as 19-year-olds who missed the vaccination last year. Mature students up to the age of 25 are also eligible to receive the vaccine.

How do I get the vaccine?

Make an appointment at your local health centre before leaving for University.

On arrival, the University recommends that all students should register with a local health centre. You can register at the Victoria Park Health Centre if you are living in the immediate area. You can find information about other health centres here.

If you still need to have the meningitis vaccine when you arrive in Leicester, you should register at the Victoria Park Health Centre and make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.

What should I do if meningitis is suspected?

Early treatment is essential. Contact your Health Centre and tell them you suspect meningitis.

You can find out more about meningitis and the vaccine from the NHS here.

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