It is really important that young people starting or returning to university ensure that they are up to date with their vaccines. Check with your GP practice if you are unsure.
Ideally, students should arrange to have any vaccines they have missed before leaving for university or college. With lots of people newly coming together in confined environments and close mixing, universities can be hot spots for COVID-19, flu, measles, mumps and meningococcal disease as they present the perfect opportunity for infection to spread.
We offer a vaccination service at the surgery for:
• MenACWY vaccine (protecting against 4 types of meningococcal disease)
• HPV vaccine for female students, protecting against cervical and other cancers
caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) together with genital warts. Only one dose is needed to be protected and it is free for individuals under 25 years old.
• MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine
• Td/IPV booster vaccine protecting against diphtheria, tetanus and polio
For COVID-19 vaccine you will need to call 119 or attend a walk-in or pop-up clinic.
Common signs & symptoms of meningitis in adults
Fever, cold hands and feet
Drowsy, difficult to wake
Confusion and irritability
Severe muscle pain
Pale, blotchy skin. Spots/rash
Dislike bright lights