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All first year students are now advised to have the Men ACWY vaccine prior to their arrival at Southampton Solent University to protect you against four strains of meningitis and septicaemia.

This can be done by your doctor at home (you should automatically receive a letter if you are aged 17 or 18) and should not cost you anything.

Should you have any queries concerning these vaccinations, you are advised to contact your local doctor in Southampton.

What is meningitis?

Meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia come in two main forms - bacterial, which is very serious and requires urgent treatment with antibiotics, and viral, which is more common and is rarely life-threatening.

Symptoms of meningitis

Symptoms in adults include:

  • High temperature, fever, possibly with cold hands and feet.
  • Vomiting, sometimes diarrhoea.
  • Severe headache.
  • Neck stiffness (unable to touch the chin to the chest).
  • Joint or muscle pains, sometimes stomach cramps.
  • Dislike of bright lights.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Fits.
  • The person may become confused or disoriented.

Meningitis symptoms

What to do if you suspect you or someone else has meningitis

  • septrashlContact your/their GP immediately.
  • Describe all of their symptoms carefully (they may show one, all or even none of the above symptoms) and mention that you think it may be meningitis.
  • If you cannot get hold of a GP then go straight to the nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department and insist on seeing someone. (The Royal South Hants Hospital does not have an A&E department, the closest one is Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Rd, Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 6YD.)

The symptoms of meningitis can be very similar to flu or even a hangover - if you suspect meningitis please contact a GP right away. If you're wrong then you may be a bit embarrassed...if you are right, you could have just saved someone's life.

More information about meningitis

For more general information about meningitis you can call Meningitis Now helpline on 0808 80 10 388. 

Visit their website to find out more and see an example of the septicaemia rash

Page last updated on Monday 1 February 2016 at 2.02pm.


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