Check your vaccinations are up-to-date

Doctor talking to student

Students are being encouraged to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date for measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis and, if you are eligible, flu.

There are two recommended vaccinations for all University students:

  1. Meningococcal ACWY (Meningitis ACWY) immunisation
  2. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunisation

As well as the Meningitis ACWY and MMR immunisations, Public Health England are urging all those who are eligible (see list below for eligibility) to also receive the free flu vaccine this winter.

Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the symptoms of meningitis, measles, mumps and rubella via the NHS website.

How to get the Meningitis ACWY and MMR vaccinations

Most students have been vaccinated with the Meningitis ACWY immunisation and the MMR immunisation as part of the UK schools programme. However, if you have not been vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella, or meningitis – or you are not sure – it is important you contact your GP and arrange to receive the vaccines.

Visit your usual GP or If you haven’t registered with a GP in Liverpool yet, make sure you contact Brownlow Health by visiting the practice or calling 0151 285 4578 as soon as possible to register. If you are eligible, you will be able to have the vaccinations free of charge.

Flu vaccine

The flu vaccination is more important than ever this year and Public Health England are urging all those who are eligible to receive the free flu vaccine this winter.

The flu vaccine is given to people who:

  • are 65 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in a long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • frontline health or social care workers

The flu vaccine is available at GP surgeries and pharmacies. The vaccine may be offered in some hospital settings (such as through your midwife). Social distancing and safety measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.