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Going to a festival, concert or group holiday and up to 25 years of age? Starting university?

Young people aged 18-25 are particularly at risk from meningococcal disease as they often come into contact with many new people in confined environments such as pubs and clubs, festivals and university halls.

Students starting university for the first time are particularly at risk if unvaccinated. They need their two doses of MMR to protect them against measles, mumps and rubella. We have seen outbreaks of measles and mumps in halls of residence. They also need their MenACWY vaccine and a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia. 

If you were born on or after 1 September 1996 and eligible but missed your teenage MenACWY vaccine you can still have the vaccine up to your 25th birthday. If you are older and starting university for the first time, you can still have the vaccine up to your 25th birthday. If you are still at school you should talk to your school provider otherwise you will need to make an appointment with your GP Practice

Have you met the meningitis symptoms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TPp8ILbaHE&feature=youtu.be

This video developed by the Meningitis Now charity, aimed at young people to promote the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.

 

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