Public Health England is continuing to encourage University students, especially first year students to get the meningitis vaccine. Universities are also doing all they can to encourage students to get the vaccine.
Meningitis is an extremely fast acting disease and as the symptoms can be mistaken as a hangover or a bad case of flu, young people may not report their symptoms until it is too late.
Since the vaccine was introduced in 2015, thousands of students have been vaccinated. However, it is estimated that only a third of young people leaving school or college last summer got the vaccine.
If you are at University or know someone who is, regardless of which year or term they are in, let them know about the vaccination programme and the importance of getting the vaccination done. It could save their life.
The appeal comes as Public Health England (PHE) issues updated advice to universities on reducing the spread of this deadly infection, which causes meningitis and septicaemia, and comes after figures show that less than a third of all young people leaving school or college last summer had been immunised with the Men ACWY vaccine by the end of October.