It might not be Freshers’ flu..

by Silviu Doroftei

As a first year student, you could be at a higher risk of illness in the first weeks of term when you'll come into contact with many new people of a similar age. We want to make sure that you are safe and we are, therefore, asking all first year students to check with your doctor that your vaccinations are up to date and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of serious illness.


What is meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges).

Symptoms can be found on the NHS.

Meningitis ACWY vaccine

All first year students under the age of 25 are advised to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccine or booster. Please check with your doctor if you have not been vaccinated or are unsure.

What is measles?

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications.

Symptoms can be found on the NHS.

MMR (Mumps, Measles & Rubella) vaccine

MMR is a combined vaccine that protects against three separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection.

What should I do if I suspect I have meningitis or measles?

If you suspect you have meningitis or someone you know has, call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department. If you think you may have been exposed to someone with meningitis, call your GP surgery for advice.

If you suspect you have measles, contact your GP as soon as possible. It's best to phone before your visit, as your GP surgery may need to make arrangements to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. You should also see your GP if you’ve been in contact with someone who has measles and you’ve not been fully vaccinated or haven’t had the infection before – even if you don’t have any symptoms.

In both of the above cases, you can also call NHS 111 for advice.

Posted in: Blog on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 by