Policy on the prevention and control of Meningitis
1.1 The University will use every reasonably practicable means to;
(a) prevent an outbreak of meningitis; but, if an outbreak occurs,
(b) to control its spread by rapid and effective remedial action.
1.2 The University will supply information to both staff and students about the nature of the disease and their relative risk of contracting it.
1.3 This policy document provides:
(a) a University Code of Practice for the management of both suspected and confirmed cases of meningitis; and
(b) guidance and sources of information about the disease for both staff and students.
2.1 All first year students (aged under 25 years) should be immunised against ‘Group C’ meningococcal disease by their own General Practitioner, prior to arrival at the University. Those students (under 25 years) who arrive without immunisation should register with the Student Health Centre or local General Practitioner and request this to be carried out as soon as possible.
2.2 Based upon advice from the Department of Health, it is not considered necessary for other students or staff to receive this precautionary immunisation, but it may become necessary if a ‘Group C’ case occurs.
2.3 This Policy will be continuously reviewed and amended, in accordance with recommendations from the Department of Health.