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Important information for new students regarding meningitis immunisation

Friday 7 August 2015

The Department of Health has issued advice to students in an effort to limit the number of deaths from meningitis, particularly amongst those coming to university for the first time this year.

The advice is for all new university entrants to be vaccinated with the Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine before the beginning of the new academic term.
The vaccine is available for all new entrants up to 25 years of age, including international students. Even if you have already had the MenC vaccine, you should have the MenACWY vaccine.

Home students:
Please contact your local GP to get immunised with the MenACWY vaccine against meningitis before the start of your studies at QMUL.

European students and international students:
We advise you to get immunised in your home country before the start of your studies. Please ask your doctor or nurse for the MenACWY vaccine.

 

What happens if you’re not immunised before the start of university?

Home, EU and international students on a course that lasts for more than six months: 
Please make sure you register with the Student Health Service if you live on campus or within Tower Hamlets, or with your local GP to get vaccinated as soon as possible. It would be helpful if you could bring your vaccination records.

International students studying for less than six months:
You will also need to get immunised. Please register with the Student Health Service to be able to access the services and get immunised. Please note you may have to pay for this.

Why are we asking you to get immunised?

  • You may have heard of MenC and MenB as causes of meningitis and septicaemia. Cases caused by meningococcal W (MenW) bacteria are now increasing in the UK.
  • Meningitis and septicaemia can kill very quickly.
  • All age groups are affected, but teenagers and young adults have a higher risk or meningococcal disease.
  • A vaccination programme is being introduced to provide added protection against MenW and to reduce the spread of the disease to others.
  • The MenACWY vaccine will be used to protect against four meningococcal groups (A,C,W and Y).
  • For more information, speak to your nurse or doctor or visit www.nhs.uk/vaccinations, www.meningitis.org or www.meningitisnow.org.
  • Even if you have already had the MenC vaccine, you should have the MenACWY vaccine.
  • If you are going to university for the first time in 2015, visit your GP to get the vaccination before you go. If you don’t get immunised before the beginning of term, please register with a GP nearby and get the vaccination there.
Key meningitis information [PDF 1.45 MB]
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