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Meningitis

The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK now offers all new students who are going to university for the first time a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.  We encourage all students to get vaccinated. To get the vaccination, you need to register with a GP/doctor’s practice (see www.northumbria.ac.uk/gpregistration for information on how to register), then visit the doctor and ask about the meningitis vaccination. You should do this as soon as possible after you start university.

The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.  Students going to university or college for the first time, including overseas and mature students who have not yet had the MenACWY vaccine, remain eligible up to their 25th birthday.  First time university students who have not received this vaccination before the start of the autumn term can request this from their GP surgery.

Please refer to the important information on meningitis and check out Stacey Dooley's Meningitis Investigation from Public Health England.

Meningitis Now have also set up a dedicated interactive 'Fight for Now' website to help students understand about the risks of meningitis. 

If you have any questions, please contact an adviser in Student Life and Wellbeing.


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