Health guidance for students

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 02:00:00 GMT

Public Health England (PHE) is reminding unvaccinated first year students at universities across the country to go to their GP to get immunised against meningococcal disease.

New students are at a higher risk of meningococcal disease. Second year students who missed their vaccination last year are also eligible for immunisation. PHE is also advising anyone aged up to 25 who is starting university to get vaccinated by their GP and doctor.

About meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease can develop suddenly and quickly, usually as meningitis or septicaemia. Early symptoms include severe diarrhoea and vomiting, headaches, muscle pain, fever and cold hands and feet. It can kill or result in disabilities or health problems like hearing loss, brain damage or the loss of a limb.

Students are also urged to seek medical advice immediately if someone has concerning symptoms, or their condition appears to be getting worse.

The vaccine, which also provides protection against the Men A, C and Y strains, not only protects those vaccinated, but it will help control the spread of the disease in the wider population.

How to stay protected:

  1. Register with your GP and get your Men ACWY vaccine as soon as possible, if not already vaccinated.
  2. Make sure you tell someone if you feel unwell.
  3. Keep an eye on friends who are ill.

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

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