The majority of students heading off to university qualify for Meningitis ACWY vaccination under the NHS immunisation programme, however, Meningitis B, a significant element of meningitis protection is absent from this vaccine.
According to a European surveillance report in 2012, the UK currently has the highest proportion of reported cases of Meningitis B in the EU each year. The proportion of cases is shown to decrease with increasing age, however, there is a noted rise in adolescents and young adults aged between 15 to 24 years. In 2012, Meningitis B was responsible for 68% of confirmed meningococcal infections followed by Meningitis C (17%) and Meningitis Y (8%).
We recommend students benefit from Meningitis B vaccination to ensure they are protected from all common strains of the virus during their studies. Vaccines are held in stock and we are generally able to book appointments within a few days of receiving a request. See our Vaccinations page or contact us for more details.