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Meningitis can affect anyone at any time, but there are particular bacteria that increase the risk of meningitis in teenagers and students. These meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) which can kill within hours. For those who survive, many are left with life-changing after-effects such as hearing loss, acquired brain injury and limb loss.
There are five main groups of meningococcal bacteria that commonly cause disease - MenA, B, C, W and Y.
The good news is that many teenagers going off to uni will have been vaccinated for MenACWY through the recent schools and catch-up programmes. But this vaccine does not offer protection against all types of meningitis; in particular MenB, the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK. Only babies currently receive the MenB vaccine, as their risk is greater, so don't make the mistake of thinking your child is protected against all forms of the disease.
That's why knowing the signs and symptoms and seeing urgent medical attention if meningitis is suspected are still so important, alongside keeping up to date with vaccinations.
Your 'Off to Uni' awareness pack includes a parent's guide, signs and symptoms card and magnet - so you can make sure your child knows how to look out for themselves and their friends at university. Order your free pack today.