Be aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis

You may have heard that one of our students has been diagnosed with meningitis (meningococcal Group B infection). Our student is recovering well and is due to return home soon.

We’re working closely with Public Health England who take the lead in cases like this.

They have written to students who live with the affected student to offer them antibiotics, as there is a slightly increased risk of this group becoming ill.

Other people in the wider University are not considered to be at an increased risk of the illness.

As a student at University you are part of an 'at risk' group of contracting meningitis. 

There are certain bacteria that teenagers and students are at more risk from – they are known as meningococcal (Men) A, B, C, W and Y. These bacteria can cause meningitis.

Signs and symptoms

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis. Not all symptoms may show at once but someone with this illness will become very ill. The illness may progress over one or two days but it can develop rapidly, sometimes in a matter of hours.

If you recognise any of these symptoms contact your doctor urgently or call NHS 111.


The Men ACWY vaccination has been introduced for all 17-18 year olds and first year university students aged 19-25 to offer protection against this strain. Contact the Students' Health Service to find out if you're eligible for the Men ACWY vaccination.  

Register with a doctor

It is important that you register with a doctor in Bristol. The University has its own practice, the Students’ Health Service.

Before you can use the Students’ Health Service you must register with us.

Register with us online

Your parents or guardians may have heard about this case. Contact them as they may be worried about you.

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