Hatfield students urged to get meningitis vaccination before term starts

PUBLISHED: 15:38 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 24 August 2018

The University of Hertfordshire's de Havilland campus in Hatfield

The University of Hertfordshire's de Havilland campus in Hatfield

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Those preparing to head to Hatfield's University of Hertfordshire have been encouraged to ensure they are protected against meningitis before the start of term.

The county council has warned that new university students are at greater risk of contracting the infection because they mix closely with large groups of new people, some of whom unknowingly carry the bacteria.

Cllr Richard Roberts said: “In the first few days of university, exposure to bacteria that causes meningitis increases dramatically.

“It is vital that new students get the highly effective, potentially life-saving vaccination from their GP.”

It is advised that the following groups get vaccinated as soon as possible:

• all 17 and 18 year olds

• 19-year-olds who missed getting vaccinated last year

• anyone aged up to 25 starting university

The meningitis vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y.

To find out more information about the infection and vaccination visit the NHS website.

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