With many north east students having just received their A Level results and now thinking about university, Public Health England is warning them to get vaccinated against deadly meningitis and septicaemia.
In particular, the health body is urging students to have the MenACWY vaccine. It protects against four strains of meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis and septicaemia. Both are aggressive and life-threatening diseases that can be fatal.
All teenagers remain eligible for the MenACWY vaccine up to their 25th birthday but Public Health England says students starting university for the first time are particularly at risk.
Students are being urged to be aware of the signs of meningitis.
Recognising symptoms of infection
- Fever, cold hands and feet
- Severe headache, joint or muscle pains
- Stiff neck
- Dislike of bright lights
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
- Pale, blotchy skin with or without a rash
- Irritability and/or confusion
- Drowsiness, difficult to wake up
Not everyone will develop these symptoms and they can appear in any order.