Since 2009, Meningitis W infection has been on the rise among young people of 14 – 18 years? Outbreaks are commonly occuring in University and College student populations.
If you're heading off to University or College this September, read on to find out more about the disease and protect yourself by getting vaccinated with a 10% student discount at any of the Nomad travel clinics.
According to the BBC, 22 people in England got Meningitis W in 2009 in England, compared with almost 200 people in the last 12 months. This is a huge rise, but you can avoid infection by getting vaccinated and looking out for symptoms to make sure anyone who may be infected gets early medical attention.
Meningococcal group W disease is a life-threatening infection that can also cause septicemia – blood poisoning which can kill within hours. If it doesn’t kill it can lead to significant disability such as amputations, epilepsy, eye sight problems, deafness and speech difficulties.
Early symptoms of infection may not be so obvious and could be easy to mistake for a common illness like cold and flu or even a hangover. Symptoms may just begin with a headache and sore throat, but within hours can become life threatening.
Early Signs and symptoms of infection include:
• Muscle pain
• Cold hands and feet
Other symptoms include: stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, confusion, irritability and pale blotchy skin spots/rash.
All students off to start at university or college this autumn are at particular risk of getting meningitis infection. As students mix closely with lots of new people in shared housing and halls of residence they are exposed to lots of bacteria including the Meningitis bacteria. This is easily spread through sneezing, coughing, kissing and sharing cutlery/utensils.
Often the infection is carried unknowingly in the nose and throat of people who are fit and well so it is really important that all students get vaccinated before they go.
A quick and easy single vaccination of Meninigitis ACWY will offer you protection against inflammation of the brain and septicemia caused by 4 meningococcal strains including Meningitis W. so don’t put it off book an appointment and get protected for you and your fellow students.
Show proof that you are starting University and receive 10% off your vaccine, available at all Nomad clinics.