In addition to the existing content on our MARM pages, here is some simple information that covers what meningitis is, vaccines, signs and symptoms and our support [as some of your students may have had meningitis] that you may find useful to use.
If there is any online content in particular that you would like, or if your webpages have a different format, do email us to let us know and we will be happy to help.
Simply copy and paste the below on to your website adding details relevant to vaccination at your university.
Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges, which protect and surround the brain and spinal cord. It is caused by a number of viruses and bacteria. Whilst it can affect anyone at any time, there are particular risk factors that increase the possibility of meningitis in students - especially those in their first year.
It protects against disease caused by four of the main groups of meningococcal bacteria - A, C, W and Y. The vaccine is offered to first year university students under the age of 25 – your GP can advise on eligibility. It is advisable to get this at least two weeks before arrival at university. Remember, no vaccine will offer complete protection from meningitis. Vigilance is vital.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, remaining vigilant and getting medical help quickly can save lives.
Meningitis symptoms can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all. Early symptoms of meningitis can include:
- muscle pain
- stomach cramps
- fever with cold hands and feet
Downoad our signs and symptoms card (below)
Meningitis Now support
If you had meningitis prior to – or during – your time at university, you may be struggling with university life. Meningitis Now can provide support. Find out more about our Support Services.