Meningitis ACWY Vaccine
Meningococcal disease is a rare but life threatening infectious disease caused by a bacteria - Neisseria meningitidis.
It is recommended that all first time university entrants up to 25 years old should have the Meningitis ACWY vaccination BEFORE or soon after they start university.
DOWNLOAD: Meningitis ACWY patient leaflet
For further details, read the NHS information on Meningitis ACWY vaccination www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx
International students should also consult their doctor to try to be immunised at least 3 weeks before their arrival in the UK. The University Medical Service will immunise anyone aged 24 or under who has not been immunised before arrival.
Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)
Meningitis and septicaemia can kill in hours - know the symptoms;
www.meningitis.org/symptoms written and audio information in 22 languages about how to recognise the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.
MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
In the last year there have been outbreaks of Mumps in UK Universities.
Mumps is an infectious disease caused by the mumps virus. It is a mild disease in most people, causing very little upset and may even go completely unnoticed. In others however, it can have severe complications. These include meningitis, encephalitis, deafness, inflammation of the pancreas, swelling of the testes or ovaries (and infertility can occur as a result of these complications affecting the testicles and ovaries).
The UK Government’s Department of Health has advised all students entering University to ensure they have had a recent MMR booster immunisation unless:
a) The student has had a booster MMR in the preceding 3 months
b) The student is certain they have had 2 MMRs in the past
c) The student has a medical reason for not having the MMR
Please check with your usual medical adviser and where necessary obtain the vaccine prior to arrival at UEA. Students who are unable to obtain the vaccine will be offered the vaccine by the University Medical Service.
More information about MMR can be found at www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/mmr-vaccine.aspx
Students; always tell a housemate or resident tutor if you are not feeling well. They can then check up on you and take action as needed.