Local students advised to check their vaccines before term begins
Public Health England is asking local students to check they are up to date with their MenACWY and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines before the start of the new college or university year, to make sure they’re protected against diseases that spread quickly in large gatherings – such as meningitis, septicaemia, and measles.
The MenACWY vaccine is routinely offered to those in school years 9 and 10 to protect against the bacteria which, amongst other things, can cause meningitis and septicaemia. Anyone who has missed out can still get vaccinated free of charge, through their GP until their 25th birthday.
The MMR vaccine is available for free to anyone who has not received two doses as a child.
Students or their parents can call their GP practice to check if they are up to date with their vaccines, and book in for them if needed.