Viral meningitis is a milder, more common form of the infection, compared to bacterial meningitis, which presents a greater risk to students, especially in the winter months.
The HPA is taking this opportunity to remind students of the need to be aware and vigilant for the signs and symptoms of bacterial meningitis (see below), and to ask students to check their immunisation history. A routine meningitis vaccine can protect against the C strain of bacterial meningitis.
As at other times, we recommend that you watch closely for symptoms in yourself, your friends and your colleagues.
Early diagnosis and treatment are the best defence against this serious disease.
The symptoms of meningitis include:
- severe headache
- high temperature/fever
- stiff neck
- pale, blotchy skin
- joint pains
- cold hands and feet
- rash of red/purple spots which looks like bruising under the skin
Only some of these symptoms may show.
If you are worried that you may have the symptoms of meningitis, or if you think you have observed them in someone else, seek immediate medical advice from your registered GP.
If you are registered with the Medical Centre on campus and have not previously been vaccinated then you can make an appointment to get this done at no cost to you.
It is important that you keep up-to-date with your immunisations including your MMR (measles, mumps & rubella) vaccination. If you have any questions please contact the Medical Centre or your GP.
More information about meningitis is available from the 24-hour national help lines of the meningitis charities and NHS Direct (See Related Links).
Please note: This notice is issued with the approval of the Health Protection Agency.