Freshers: Important Vaccinations Update

August 23, 2017

  • Please check your vaccinations are up to date before coming to University. It takes 2 weeks for vaccinations to take effect.
  • In particular, please check whether you’ve been vaccinated against Meningitis ACWY, and against MMR.

Have you had your Men ACWY vaccine?

If you’re under 25, you should have a booster vaccination against Meningitis ACWY if you haven’t already done so. Please do this at least two weeks before you start at university.

Meningitis is a rare but life threatening illness that mainly affects young people. Your risk is increased if you are attending university for the first time.
Those returning to university are not at increased risk.

Meningitis strikes fast and can kill within hours. Getting vaccinated and knowing the symptoms to look out for saves lives. The vaccination is FREE to all first year students under the age of 25 from a GP.

  • You should have had a vaccination against Men C as a young child, but protection falls over time.
  • You should have had a booster vaccination at around 14 years of age.
  • In 2016, the booster vaccine was changed to at Men ACWY vaccine (protecting against four different strains of the disease) rather than just Men C. This change was implemented because the number of Men W cases has been growing fast in the UK.
  • If you have only been vaccinated against Men C, please get a Men ACWY booster vaccine now.

Meningitis B

Even if you have been given the most comprehensive Meningitis vaccinations available, this unfortunately won’t protect you from the most common strain of Meningitis: Men B. So, please, look after yourself and your new friends!

Read up on the signs and symptoms so you recognise meningitis if you see them. You can also download the Meningitis Now app.

Meningitis symptoms can easily be mistaken for “Freshers’ Flu”. If in any doubt, seek medical help as soon as possible.

For more information regarding Meningitis visit Meningitis Now

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Recently there has been an increase in cases of both mumps and measles amongst university students in the UK. The MMR jab is a combined vaccine that protects against these illnesses (measles, mumps and rubella).

Measles is a highly infectious disease that can cause serious medical complications. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect you.

Most students have been vaccinated as part of the UK schools programme. However, if you are not sure whether you have been vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella, please contact your GP to check and arrange to receive the vaccine before coming to uni.

Please see the MMR vaccine page on the NHS website for more information.

Missing the Vaccinations

If you can’t get either vaccination before coming to University and you think you need them please contact the University Nurse to discuss how you can have the vaccinations.

Tel: 01443 482081 or email

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