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Immunisations

Current UK guidelines recommend the following immunisations for all adults:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • If you are under 24 years of age and attending university for the first time, it is strongly recommended that you have the Men ACWY vaccine. Meningitis is a serious infection which can kill.

Some students may have additional requirements. The following are not routinely offered to all students:

  • Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) - There were outbreaks of mumps and measles in universities across the UK in Spring 2013. The Department of Health now recommends that students who have either never had the MMR vaccine or only had one dose of MMR get immunised. The vaccine is available free to all students from the Student Health Service. Read more about the vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B - Recommended if you are studying on a healthcare course or are a gay man. The course of immunisations can take up to six months, so it is advisable to start your course as soon as possible.
  • Influenza (flu) vaccine - Recommended for anyone with a chronic illness (such as chest, heart or kidney disease) and pregnant women.
  • Pneumonia vaccine - Recommended for people with respiratory problems.

It is helpful if you have your vaccines before you come to the UK, but, if this has not been possible, your GP should be able to help.