University of Bath

Meningitis advice

Meningitis can kill within hours. Make sure you know the symptoms, get vaccinated and know what to do in an emergency.

A female student receives a vaccination
NHS England strongly encourage you to get vaccinated before starting university

Get vaccinated

NHS England strongly encourages new students to be vaccinated with Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine. This protects against meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis, septicaemia and death. Make sure you get the vaccination from your GP at least two weeks before you start University, or from the Medical Centre as soon as you arrive. The vaccination is free to home and international students under 25 years of age.

Other vaccinations you should have before starting University

Recognise the symptoms

It's easy to confuse the symptoms of meningitis with a hangover or flu, but meningitis can kill in hours if it isn't treated. Make sure you know the signs so you can get urgent help.

Find out about the signs and symptoms of meningitis

Signs and symptoms of meningitis

Get emergency help

If you think you or someone else may have meningitis, call 999 for an ambulance. Describe the symptoms carefully and say you think it could be meningitis.

Find out emergency contact numbers

How staff should deal with meningitis

If you are a member of staff, you have responsibilities for making sure students are aware of meningitis and meningococcal disease, and for dealing with cases of the disease. Your responsibilities will depend on your role, so read the guidelines to find out what they are.

Read the procedure for staff

To find out more about meningitis, visit Meningitis Now and the Meningitis Research Foundation.