Students encouraged to protect themselves against meningitis and MMR
Students going to university for the first time are encouraged to check they are up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and meningitis (MenACWY) vaccinations before they go.
There has recently been an increase in measles cases across England, as well as large measles outbreaks across Europe, and there were also outbreaks of mumps in universities in England earlier this year.
Teenagers and young adults who have not had two doses of MMR vaccine are particularly vulnerable to mumps and measles. They may also be at risk of meningitis as some are unknowing carriers of the meningococcal bacteria at the back of their noses and throats.