All set for uni? You’ve got your books, found somewhere to live, and even booked tickets for all the freshers’ events.
But forgetting one thing could put your life at risk – make sure you get your free MMR and MenACWY vaccines from your GP before starting uni.
The MMR vaccine protects you from measles, mumps, and rubella. There have been recent measles outbreaks across the UK and in Europe, so it’s really important to make sure you’ve had both MMR doses if you didn’t get them as a child. You need two doses of the MMR vaccine to be fully protected.
The MenACWY vaccine is the best way to protect you from four kinds of meningococcal disease – the main cause of meningitis and septicaemia. The Men A, C, W, and Y strains are serious and can kill.
Those in their late teens – particularly new uni students – are at higher risk of meningococcal disease. You should get vaccinated at least two weeks before you start uni, so you’re protected before you go.
If you can’t get vaccinated before starting uni, get the vaccine as soon as you arrive.
More than two million people have been vaccinated, which has shown the vaccine works.
University freshers under the age of 25 should have the free jab, along with anyone born on or after 1 September 1996 (if you’ve not already been vaccinated).
So what are you waiting for? Make an appointment with your GP now! It will help you get the most out of your university experience, and it might just save your life.