Guidance on the prevention and management of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in higher education institutions

Public Health England

Meningococcal disease can develop rapidly, often into meningitis or septicaemia. The MenW strain of meningococcal disease is on the rise and is particularly virulent, but can be difficult to diagnose due to symptoms not usually associated with meningococcal disease, such as severe diarrhoea and vomiting. Higher education students, particularly freshers, are known to be at increased risk; but uptake of the free vaccination in England was only 36% among 18 year old school leavers in 2015.

This Guidelines summary covers methods to work with higher education organisations and students to encourage vaccination, promotion of awareness, and preventative measures against infection.

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