Please see the NHS Direct Wales Vaccinations page for a schedule of recommended vaccinations and immunisations in the UK.
Most UK residents have had a vaccination against Meningitis C as a young child. Since 2015, additional vaccinations against Meningitis W are recommended in the UK.
Meningitis W used to be extremely rare in the UK. However, the number of cases has been growing rapidly. If you’re under 25 and a first year student, you should get a vaccination against meningitis if you haven’t already done so. Specifically, please get the Men ACWY vaccine.
The USW Health Service has arranged special vaccination clinics during freshers’ week 2016, at our Treforest campus. To be eligible, you must
- Register with Ashgrove Surgery in Pontypridd. (You can do this through the Health Centre)
- Be under 25 years old and a first year student
- You can book an appointment by phoning the Health Centre on 01443 4820821
For more information about meningitis, please see the Meningitis web page.
In the past few years, there have been several outbreaks of measles and mumps in South Wales, including cases among university students. Measles is a highly infectious disease that can cause serious medical complications. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect you.
Anyone between the ages of 4 and 25 years of age who has not received two doses of MMR vaccinations should catch up at the earliest opportunity by contacting their GP surgery.
Please see the MMR vaccine page on the NHS website for more information.
If you are planning to travel, make sure you check which travel vaccines are recommended for your destination, and where you can receive travel vaccinations.