Meningitis and septicaemia are serious diseases that can affect anyone at any time. Students in particular, are at increased risk. The MenACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. Students going to university for the first time, including overseas and mature students, who have not yet had the MenACWY vaccine remain eligible up to their 25th birthday. Ideally you should get vaccinated more than two weeks before term starts to help stop the spread, but you can still get the jab from a GP once you start University.
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