Meningitis and Septicaemia Awareness

Newcastle University is committed to raising awareness of Meningitis and Septicaemia and to keep you informed on what steps you can take to protect yourselves against this.

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by different organisms, including bacteria and viruses. Some bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause Septicaemia (blood poisoning). 

University students can be more vulnerable to contracting Meningitis as you come together from all over the world - to live and study in one place, as such your bodies can be exposed to bacteria and viruses which it  may not have been before.

The early symptoms of meningitis are similar to many other common things, such as the flu, or maybe excessive alcohol consumption and it is easy to mistake meningitis for something else and therefore it is important to be aware of the symptoms so you can look out for yourself and each other.

It is vital that you prioritize protecting yourself  from meningitis by receiving  the MenACWY vaccine through your Newcastle local Doctor.  This vaccine is FREE to any student who is under 25 and who is attending university for the first time.  Any student who falls outside this category can still get this vaccination at a small charge.  If you are in financial hardship and need help with the costs of this vaccination, please contact Student Financial Support.

For more information on Meningitis, please visit

published on: 9th October 2019