Meningitis is a serious condition that is most commonly found in children and young people. As the incidence of meningococcal W (Men W) disease is increasing in Scotland and across the rest of the UK, we are working closely with our public health colleagues at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to keep you informed.
If you are aged 16-25, attending university for the first time and have not already received a dose of MenACWY vaccine since August 2015 from your GP or at school, you are asked to attend a vaccination session on campus. It takes less than two minutes to get the vaccine, but it could save your life.
If you missed the vaccination session on the 15 September, please check back for a refresher session date later in the trimester. The times will also be publicised on the GCU Facebook and Student Wellbeing Facebook pages.
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis and septicaemia strike suddenly and can kill in hours. Babies and young children are most vulnerable but young people and students are the next most at-risk group. This is partly because as they meet new people and move away from home, they are also exposed to new bacteria. Meningitis is inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord – the meninges. Septicaemia is blood poisoning caused by the same germs and is the more life threatening form of the disease.
How do I know if I need this vaccination?
You may have received the vaccination at school or at your doctor's surgery since August 2015. If you last received a Meningitis vaccination before August 2015 it is likely to have been a Meningitis C vaccination and you should still attend this session to ensure you are protected against
Can I get this vaccination from my GP?
Following a successful catch-up programme delivered in Scottish schools to S3-S6 pupils in 2015/16, the MenACWY vaccine (offering protection against strains A, C, W and Y) is no longer available from GP practices in Scotland. Therefore it is important that if you haven’t already received the MenACWY vaccine that you come along on Thursday.
Where can I get more information?
Further information will be available from NHS Staff at the drop in on Thursday.