The student population is the second most at-risk age group to meningitis. At any given time, 1 in 10 of us carry the meningitis-causing bacteria at the back of our throats, which increases to a staggering 1 in 4 amongst the student population.
Freshers from all around the UK – and even the world! – come together and typically live in student halls. This increased social interaction means exposure to new bacteria that the body hasn’t encountered before.
Signs of meningitis can be easily mistaken for common illnesses like the flu or tummy bug – and even a hangover! By the time medical help is sought, it can often be too late.
And finally if you need any more persuading on why your university should sign up: Every university in the UK could experience at least one case of meningitis or meningococcal disease (meningitis and septicaemia) during the first term.
Knowing about meningitis helps saves lives.
We launched MARM to work alongside universities to raise awareness of meningitis to students. The initiative not only raises awareness and aims to increase vaccine uptake, but also puts plans in place if there is a case of meningitis on campus.
Each university in the UK is invited to register. Once registered, we’ll send over the details on what needs to be done to receive the mark (some of these you may already be doing!). When completed, we will send you your ‘mark’, which will last until Summer 2019.
So, what are you waiting for? Register today and put meningitis on your agenda.