Students urged to have meningitis vaccine
- By: Siân Knight
Three out of four first year university students in the United Kingdom are now vaccinated against meningitis group C, according to a recent poll carried out by the Primary Care Virology Group. The group is disappointed by the results of the poll and is now urging students to register with their university general practitioner.
The survey, randomly carried out in 10 universities across Britain, had 610 participants. The results indicate that although up to 91% of students nationwide were aware of the need to be vaccinated after a high profile multimedia campaign run by the Department of Health, only three quarters of students who were asked had actually been vaccinated.
Of the non-vaccinated students, about half cited that “they hadn't got round to it” as a reason for not having the vaccine. Seventy seven per cent of students, however, rated an infection with meningitis as “very serious.”
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