Before you come to university, it is really important that you check with your GP that your vaccinations are up to date.
This is particularly the case with the Men ACWY vaccination. Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis and septicaemia, which can first appear like flu. Both diseases are very serious, especially if not diagnosed early.
If you were born after September 1995 you probably had a MenC jab as a young child, but your immunity to the disease decreases over time. So you should get a Men ACWY booster, which has now replaced the MenC jab from your GP at least two weeks before you come to university.
What if I forget to get the vaccine before I go?
When you register as a patient with the university healthcare service, you can arrange to get the vaccine there, or with the GP practice you are currently registered with. But try and do that straight away – ideally in Welcome Week – don't leave it till later.
If you aren't sure if this applies to you or want to find out more, please read this leaflet.
In addition to protection against meningitis, it is also very important to ensure you are protected against measles, mumps and rubella (German Measles) before coming to university. All three viruses can spread easily amongst the student population and, although usually symptoms usually pass within 7-10 days, they can cause serious illness and dangerous complications in adults. If you have not had both doses of the MMR vaccine, you are strongly advised to do so before starting university. Find out more in this leaflet.