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Students urged to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia.

Are you returning to university this January? Students are encouraged to tell someone if they begin to feel unwell, and to keep an eye on friends who are feeling unwell.

Freshers (first year students), are at an increased risk of meningococcal disease (a bacterial form of meningitis), as they mix closely with large numbers of new people, some of whom will unknowingly be carrying the bacteria, without any signs or symptoms.

If you are not already vaccinated, it can be as easy as registering with a local GP practice. The vaccine, which also provides protection against the MenA, MenC and MenY strains, not only protects those vaccinated, but it will help control the spread of the disease in the wider population.

If someone is displaying concerning symptoms, seek medical advice immediately. Early symptoms include severe diarrhoea and vomiting, headaches, muscle pain, fever, and cold hands and feet. Meningitis can kill or leave people with serious life-changing disabilities or health problems if left untreated so do not delay.

Second year students who missed their vaccination last year are also encouraged, and are eligible for immunisation.

For more information on the Men ACWY vaccine visit: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx

To find local GP practices near you visit: www.chorleysouthribbleccg.nhs.uk/gps-and-dentists

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