Before you arrive

The MenACWY  Vaccine - get it before you come

Meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are rare but life-threatening diseases. They are caused by several groups of meningococcal bacteria - the most common types are A, B, C, W and Y. Young people have the highest risk of getting meningococcal disease, as well as children and babies

Students going to University for the first time, including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25 must contact their GP to ensure that they have had the MenACWY vaccine before attending University. If they have not then they must arrange this as soon as possible.

Even if you have had the MenC vaccine before, this will only protect you against meningococcal C infection, but not against Men W. Having the MenACWY vaccine will therefore also protect you against the other three meningococcal groups (A, W and Y).

If you come from a country where the MenACWY is not available then you will be able to get it done in the UK but there will be a charge for this. 

For more information, please go to or NHS inform meningitis guide.

The MMR Vaccine - get it before you come

You should also have had the full double dose of MMR vaccine to protect from Measles, Mumps and Rubella. If not then you should contact your health practitioner to arrange this before leaving to come to St Andrews.

For more information, please go to