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Are you protected against measles and meningitis?

28 Nov 2019

vaccination with hypodermic needle

Read the latest MMR and MenACWY vaccination advice

A recent increase in measles cases across England and reports of outbreaks in Europe means ensuring your MMR vaccinations are up to date is a smart thing to do. Measles is caused by a very infectious virus resulting in skin rashes, high fevers and the possibility of serious complications in adults. Teenagers, young adults and anyone who has missed their MMR vaccination can get measles.
The MMR vaccine is available free to anyone who has not received both doses as a child – if you’re not sure, check with your GP and arrange to be vaccinated if you’re not already.
Read the leaflet – Think Measles - it’s not just a kids problem.
Further information about the vaccination is available on the NHS website.

Meningitis is a killer and the virus can be easily contracted in locations such as university campuses where large numbers of people are likely to be living and studying together in close proximity. Young adults are particularly at risk and this contagious disease can lead to brain damage, scarring, organ damage, loss of sight/hearing and limb loss due to septicaemia.
All students going to university for the first time, who have not had the MenACWY vaccination by the time they arrive at UCLan should arrange to have it as soon as possible after arrival. It’s free to any young person up to the age of 25 and the best protection you can have against the disease.
Meningitis and septicaemia: information for new university entrants.
Further information about the vaccination is available on the NHS website.