So, you’ve got those all important grades, you’ve bought your first pan (what an occasion) and you’re stocked up with enough alcohol to last you until next Christmas…
Probably one of the easiest, and arguably the most important, things you can do before uni is go and get your Meningitis ACWY vaccine.
Meningitis doesn’t discriminate. People, and particularly students, often think they’re invincible – me included sometimes, but I can’t stress to you the importance of getting your vaccine. Meningitis and septicaemia are really not pretty things to experience and five minutes at your surgery can protect you from a lifetime of pain, hospital appointments and upset.
For those that don’t know, there are various outcomes that can occur should someone have meningitis. The best is that you recover with little to no after effects. The second is that you keep your life but are impacted forever – amputation, acquired brain injury, epilepsy, deafness.
The final is that you lose your life.
This can happen in less than four hours.
I’m not trying to scaremonger through this blog but sadly for some, these options are the devastating reality of their lives.
The four strains of meningitis that are covered by the vaccine have been on the rise since 2009, increasing year on year and sadly, teenagers are more likely to carry the bacteria that causes meningitis in the back of their throats. Students living in close proximity with each other means it’s more likely to spread.
The goal of this post is really to educate people about meningitis so that they can get their vaccine.
Ring your doctors surgery, book an appointment and head over. It will take so little time but potentially have such a big impact.
Don’t gamble with your life, get your vaccine and make yourself aware of meningitis’ symptoms.