Meningitis Now staff member Scarlett

Young Ambassador encourages students to get vaccinated

Scarlett Mills 22nd August 2017

Young Ambassador Jemma Pressman is urging students to take up the offer of the ACWY vaccine. This wasn't available to Jemma when she was at University, and unfortunately she contracted meningitis.

I started my second year of uni in October 2013 and I contracted meningitis strain Y and encephalitis.

I was in an induced coma for 3 weeks and when I woke up I couldn't move anything.

I was on a ventilator for 3.5 months and in that time I had to learn to do everything again, from breathing, to swallowing, to moving my limbs.

With support from Meningitis Now and extensive physiotherapy, I'm now at a stage where I can walk with my frame, and although I'm continuing to get stronger and more independent, I'm mostly dependant on my wheelchair.

Every year I support Meningitis Now’s student campaign because I am very passionate about students getting the ACWY vaccine - I wish more than anything it was available when I went to uni!

But it is available now!

The vaccine is the difference between finishing your degree and living a normal life, to being unable to and having to rebuild your life as a result.

It's a no brainier! Get the vaccine!

Here's a video of Jemma appearing on Channel  News on Monday 21st August 2017: