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Meningitis vaccine for mature students?

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JemimaMuddledUp Mon 20-Aug-18 20:15:04

This may be a silly question, but is it only teenagers who need a meningitis vaccine before starting university? Or does the same apply to mature students?

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dementedpixie Mon 20-Aug-18 20:21:37

www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/men-acwy-vaccine/ suggests eligibility up to age 25

JemimaMuddledUp Mon 20-Aug-18 20:24:35

That's what I read too (well the Wales NHS version, I'm not in England). But then other information seems to suggest ALL students starting at university should have it.

I wondered whether the u25 age group was more likely to catch it?

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dementedpixie Mon 20-Aug-18 20:28:32

You could maybe pay privately for it if you aren't eligible under nhs guidance

argumentativefeminist Mon 20-Aug-18 20:31:56

I would probably ask the GP for it anyway and if they couldn't do it, get it privately if I had the money. As far as I know, it's recommended due to the amount you're mixing with new people from all over, rather than your age.

JemimaMuddledUp Mon 20-Aug-18 20:35:07

Can I get it privately through my GP?

I agree about mixing with new people from all over, just because I'm older doesn't mean I won't mix!

I'm also asthmatic which probably increases the risk of complications if I did catch it.

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dementedpixie Mon 20-Aug-18 20:37:19

Can't hurt to ask especially if you have other underlying conditions

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