Meningitis and septicaemia are killers – as a fresher you are in a high risk group. Know the signs and symptoms and how to protect yourself.

Freshers are more vulnerable as thousands of students from around the world come together, living side-by-side in halls of residence. Social interaction increases and bodies meet bacteria they have never encountered before. Missing the signs is easy, and even if they are noticed they can be quickly dismissed as 'freshers flu' or a hangover.

  • Meningitis is the swelling of the meninges – the lining around the brain and spinal cord. 
  • Setpicaemia is a blood poisoning caused by the same germs that can cause meningitis.

They are both serious,life threatening illnesses that can kill in hours.  Anyone, anywhere, of any age can get meningitis and septicaemia.

Have you had your Men ACWY vaccine?

If NO, then you need to register with a GP and get it now. If YES, then great but you must still register with a GP to make sure you stay safe.

Spot the symptoms

Recognising the signs and symptoms could save your life. The sooner you get treatment, the less likely it will become fatal. Symptoms can be easily mistaken for the flu or a hangover – be informed, be aware and be safe.

Symptoms can appear in any order and some not at all:

  • Fever, cold hands and feet
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsy, difficult to wake
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Pale, blotchy skin/spots/rash
  • Severe headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Dislike bright lights
  • Convulsions/seizures

Symptoms can get worse very quickly so stay aware.  Protect yourself by getting vaccinated.