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Freshers starting uni urged to get vaccine

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

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UTTOXETER freshers starting uni this September are being urged to ensure they get vaccinated against meningococcal C before the start of term.

Public Health England (PHE) is urging new students to ensure they get the MenC vaccine to protect them against MenC infection.

For the next few years, university freshers will also be eligible for vaccination, until the teenagers who have had the booster reach university age.

Dr Musarrat Afza, lead consultant in immunisation for PHE West Midlands, said: "Meningococcal C disease is a rare but life-threatening infection that occurs mainly in children and young adults.

"Students starting university and mixing with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria, are at risk of infection.

"As the protection offered by the infant MenC vaccine wanes over time we are recommending university freshers get a booster before they begin university, even if they received it as a young child.

"The addition of the 'Freshers' MenC immunisation will contribute to the highly successful vaccination programme we have in the UK.

"The MenC booster is available to any student entering university for the first time born after September 1995 and who received the MenC vaccine under the age of 10 years.

"If you can't remember, the best thing to do is to check whether you have had it with your doctor before you go off to university."

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