12 Oct 2018
Public Health England reports there has been a rapid increase in the disease in recent years and encourages students and university freshers to get the Meningitis ACWY vaccination.
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Some bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning).
Why are students classed as high risk?
Higher education students, particularly freshers, are known to be at an increased risk of meningitis and septicaemia. This is due to being in confined environments with close contact, such as university halls, hostels when travelling, or attending festivals, which all increase the chances of infection if unprotected.
Symptoms of meningitis develop suddenly and can include:
- High temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
- Being sick
- A headache
- A blotchy rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is rolled over it (this won’t always develop)
- A stiff neck
- A dislike of bright lights
- Drowsiness or unresponsiveness
- Seizures (fits)
Meningitis requires urgent medical attention.
Anyone with concerns about present symptoms should seek urgent medical care.
The MenACWY vaccine is available free to students who are going to university for the first time, up until their 25th birthday. There can be long waiting times which can result in local shortages; so an alternative is to book a private appointment. Mature students over the age of 25 years should consider obtaining a private vaccination.
At Fleet Street Clinic, we have both MenACWY and Meningitis B vaccinations in stock.
If you have any further questions about meningitis vaccines, our experienced team can help.
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