New students advised to protect against meningitis

1 September 2015

University of Westminster flag

The UK government has asked all universities to inform young people, who are about to commence their university studies, about a new national immunisation programme that will be available from August 2015.

The vaccine will provide protection against Meningococcal disease which can cause meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) that can kill in hours. Contraction of either often leads to severe disability. This is a very important programme which the University strongly urges students to engage with before going to university.

If you live in the UK, you will be contacted by your doctor in August to be invited to attend a clinic for the vaccination. The University strongly recommends that students take up this invitation to receive the immunisation before starting university.

For students living outside the UK and have not received the vaccination before enrolment at the University, you should register with a new doctor, close to where you will be living and studying, and request the MenACWY vaccination.

Read more information about the programme and the vaccination on the NHS website.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

For the media

For the media

Here we hope you find everything you will need to research, write and publish your story or blog post.