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University of Surrey offers vaccine after student dies of meningitis

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University of Surrey offers vaccine after student dies of meningitis

Published at 11:20am 28th April 2017. (Updated at 1:51pm 28th April 2017)

The University of Surrey is offering undergraduate students living on campus precautionary Meningitis vaccinations, following the death of a student.

That undergraduate, who was in first year, died while returning from a sports trip earlier this month.

This is the third case of meningitis affecting students since the end of March, the other two have both been treated in hospital and are recovering well.

Analysis of the bacteria that caused disease in two of the students confirms that the cases were due to meningococcal group B (MenB) infection.

This means that 4,200 students, around a third of the population, will be offered the vaccine.

Professor Max Lu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey said: "We are greatly saddened by the death of our student, and our hearts go out to his family and friends during what continues to be a very difficult time. 

“The health and wellbeing of everyone on campus is of the utmost importance. We are working closely with PHE on a targeted vaccination programme and are reassured that the risk to staff, students and visitors is still very low.”

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(Max Lu)

Meanwhile Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Associate Dean for medicine at the University of Surrey reassured people saying: "We appreciate that when cases of meningitis B occur there is increased concern about the potential spread, but evidence shows that meningococcal infection is not highly contagious, comparatively rare and the risk to the wider community remains very low.

"Only people who have prolonged, close contact with an ill person are at a slightly increased risk of becoming unwell.

 “If anyone is in any doubt or are concerned about their health, or the health of others, please call NHS 111 urgently.”

Find out about University of Surrey meningitis vaccination slots here.

 

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