What do I need to know about meningitis vaccinations?
All students are strongly encouraged to check if they have received all of their Meningitis vaccinations, before starting University. UK first year undergraduates should already have been offered MenACWY vaccine at school, College or by their GP before they leave for their HEI. A single dose is required.
- I haven’t had all my Meningitis vaccinations yet, and I’m starting University for the first time in a month, what do I do?
If a student discovers that they have not received all the appropriate Meningitis vaccinations before University, they are advised to go to their GP to receive the missing vaccination(s) at least 2 weeks before arriving at University. This ensures that the immunisation has time to take effect.
- I haven’t been vaccinated, but am a fresher already in University, do I still need to be vaccinated?
If a student forgets to get vaccinated before arrival, they should ensure that they register with a GP as soon as they arrive, and ask for the free vaccination.
- I’m not a Fresher but I’ve never been vaccinated, do I need it now?
If a student has not received their full Meningitis vaccinations and it is later on in the academic year, or the student is a second or third year etc., it is not too late to be vaccinated. Make sure that you register with a GP, and get vaccinated as soon as you can.
What are the dangers if i’m not vaccinated?
Meningitis can be very serious if not treated quickly. It can cause life-threatening blood poisoning (septicaemia), and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves.
Most people with bacterial meningitis, who are treated quickly, will also make a full recovery. Some are left with serious, long-term problems. These can include:
- Hearing loss or vision loss, which may be partial or total
- Problems with memory, and concentration
- Recurrent seizures (epilepsy)
- Co-ordination, movement, and balance problems
- Loss of limbs – amputation of affected limbs is sometimes necessary
Overall, it's estimated that up to 1 in every 10 cases of bacterial meningitis is fatal. (Taken from www.nhs.co.uk)
What do the University do if there is a case of meningitis:
When is a student is affected by the disease, Swansea University follow guidance issued by Public Health Wales. To support the student and enable the identification of any other students who may be at risk and to ensure they are offered appropriate advice.