Health Requirements & Immunisations
The University encourages you to receive immunisations in advance of your arrival at UEA.
If you have not been immunised you should consult your GP to obtain the immunisation at least 3 weeks before you are due to start at the UEA. We strongly advise you to obtain your immunisations BEFORE coming to the UEA.
Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)
Meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia occur sporadically throughout the world. All new university entrants aged 24 or under are being offered (subject to vaccine availability) immunisation against Meningococcal Meningitis ACW and Y as part of a new NHS vaccination programme.
The Department of Health strongly recommends you have the MenACWY vaccine BEFORE starting university. Read the NHS information on MenACWY vaccination for further details 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.
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