Public Health England is advising both new and current students to make sure they are up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and MenACWY vaccines before they come to University. We strongly advise that you consider having these vaccinations before coming to Queen Mary Univerity of London.
About the MMR vaccine and measles
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious complications and can be fatal in very rare cases.
The best protection against measles is to ensure you have had two doses of MMR vaccination. We know that some students may have missed out on their MMR when they were younger. This means that many young people remain unprotected and so we are seeing measles cases in young people over the age of 15.
The MMR vaccine is available for free to anyone who has not received both doses as a child. If students are unsure whether they are up to date they can contact their GP to check. If you have not had two MMR doses, you should arrange a free catch up vaccination with your GP as soon as possible.
About MenACWY vaccine and meningococcal disease
It is also important to get the MenACWY vaccine which protects against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) – which can both be fatal.
The MenACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different kinds of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and septicaemia: A, C, W and Y.
Students going to university or college for the first time, including overseas and mature students, who have not yet had the MenACWY vaccine remain eligible up to their 25th birthday.
Young adults are particularly at risk as they are carriers of the disease. Meningitis and septicaemia caused by the aggressive meningitis W strain previously caused a series of cases in young people.
Students should contact their GP to have the MenACWY vaccine before starting university. If that is not possible, you should have it as soon as you can after you arrive. The MenACWY vaccine is the best form of protection against these deadly diseases.
If you are from the UK, you might have had some vaccinations as a child as part of a National Immunisation Programme. Talk to your doctor to find out which you have had and if there are any you need to get before you come here.
The MMR vaccine is part of the National Immunisation Programme.
If you have been immunised against meningitis, you need to check if you have had MenACWY as it has not always been a part of the National Immunisation Programme. The MenACWY vaccine is not the same as Meningitis C vaccine.
You should talk to your doctor and arrange to have MenACWY and two MMR doses before you come to Queen Mary University of London.
If you are from outside the UK, you will also need to have the MMR and MenACWY vaccines before starting university. We strongly advise you to check with your doctor before leaving your home country to confirm that these immunisations are up to date.
Residents from some countries are also required to obtain a certificate confirming they are free from infectious Tuberculosis (TB) before applying for a visa. Find out more about tuberculosis tests for visa applicants.
Talk to your doctor about any other vaccinations you might need to come to the UK. You should also check with your local embassy to find out if you are legally required to get any vaccines before coming to the UK.
We recommend you get your vaccinations before you leave home. If you get your vaccinations in the UK, you may have to pay for some of them.
If you have any evidence of your vaccinations, bring it with you to university.
Vaccinations for healthcare (medical and dentistry) students
On commencing your course, Queen Mary Occupational Health Service (OHS) will provide the relevant vaccinations free of charge. These will include:
- Hepatitis B
- MMR if you are unable to provide documentary evidence confirming the administration of two MMR vaccines or if a blood test confirms you are not immune to Measles and/or Rubella.
- Chickenpox vaccine if your blood test confirms that you are not immune
At present we are unable to offer the Mantoux test or BCG vaccine.
Should you have any queries about the health requirements for either the medical or dental programmes, please contact the university OHS for advice on: Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8700/7207