Meningitis and septicaemia are serious medical conditions. If you’re joining us this year, you need to make sure you’re protected against both.

As a fresher, you’re in a high risk group – particularly if you were born after 1995. People born after September 1995 should have received a MenC vaccination as a small child – but research shows that your immunity to the disease will have decreased and your risk of catching the disease is higher.

If you’re in this age group – or if you’ve never had a MenC vaccination – you must make sure you’re protected before you start studying at Stirling. Older students who had the vaccine at school are still protected and should not need the booster.

There are three drop-in sessions arranged for the start of semester.

Where to get vaccinated on campus

Tuesday 13 September 2016

  • University Chaplaincy/Faith Centre, Andrew Miller Building: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Friday 16 September 2016

  • Willow Court Accommodation Office: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Tuesday 20 September 2016

  • University Chaplaincy/Faith Centre, Andrew Miller Building: 9:00am – 2:00pm

What if I can’t make the dates listed above?

You should make an appointment with your GP (or register at Airthrey Medical Centre on campus) to get vaccinated as soon as you can.

Does the vaccination hurt?

Any soreness in your arm after the injection should quickly disappear. People rarely experience other side effects from the MenC vaccine, but if you start to feel unwell, contact your GP or Airthrey Medical Centre.

What are the symptoms of meningitis?

The symptoms of meningitis are:

  • Fever, cold hands and feet
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness, difficulty waking up
  • Irritability and/or confusion
  • Dislike of bright lights
  • Severe headache and/or muscle pains
  • Pale, blotchy skin – with or without a rash
  • Stiff neck
  • Convulsions/seizures

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention urgently.

Someone with septicaemia may develop a few spots or a widespread rash. This rash does not fade under pressure. Do the glass test and seek emergency medical attention.

Where can I find more information?

More information can be found here:


Source: Gov.uk / NHS Student Immunisation leaflet