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April 6, 2017
» Meningitis Advice


Please see the Health Service website for all health related information.

This page covers meningitis information.



There has been a recent case of meningitis in Halls. Please see the FAQ’s below for more information.

Meningitis | new information and mythbusters

You’ll know from updates on UniLife and our social media that there has been a confirmed case of meningitis at USW this week.

We are sure that you’ll be pleased to hear that the student affected is recovering.

We want to make sure you have all the information to keep yourself healthy and answer the questions you’ll inevitably have. We work really closely with the NHS, and Public Health Wales, so the advice we’re giving you is what you need to know from the health professionals. The following advice is also being made available on UniLife and our social media channels.

There’s also an excellent source of information on meningitis is available on the Meningitis Now website.

Some questions which the University has been asked:

1. Am I at risk?

The risk of falling ill with meningitis is very low. However, as the illness is serious and can be dangerous to those who catch it, the University and Public Health Wales respond to any cases with every possible measure to prevent others falling ill.

Statistically, meningitis is most likely to affect babies, or students because they’ve just moved into shared accommodation as they start university.

2. How do I know if I’ve had contact with the student who has meningitis?

Meningococcal bacteria, which cause Meningitis, are only passed on by close and regular or prolonged contact. Public Health Wales has already contacted all individuals known to have been in close, regular or prolonged contact with the student who has fallen ill. If you have not been contacted by Public Health Wales, you are not likely to be at higher risk than any other member of the general public.

3. What are the symptoms?

See https://www.meningitisnow.org/meningitis-explained/signs-and-symptoms/signs-and-symptoms-children-and-adults/

4. Should I have a vaccination?

If you are under 25 years old and a new student, then you should either have had a recent (booster) vaccination, or, if you haven’t, you should get one.

If you are over 25 years old or a returning student, you probably do not need a vaccination.

5. If I’ve had the vaccine and booster, am I safe?

You are safer with the vaccine than without. However, the most common form of meningitis is not the one that would be tackled by the vaccine you’d have had. In other words, you should still be aware of the symptoms and contact a doctor if you suspect meningitis because of your symptoms.

There are three vaccines, two of which are available on the NHS.

· Meningitis C (followed by a Meningitis C Booster)

· Meningitic ACWY

· Meningitis B

If you grew up in the UK, you would almost certainly have been vaccinated against Meningitis C as a baby.

For the past few years, teenagers have also been given Meningitis C Booster vaccines in secondary school. As of autumn 2015, that booster vaccine would take the form of a Meningitis ACWY vaccine, which also protects against Meningitis W, a strain which has been growing in the UK over the past few years. If you have had a booster vaccine before 2015, you could contact your GP to ask whether you’ve had the ACWY vaccine, and if not, you could ask your GP for advice on whether it’s worth getting the ACWY vaccine as well.

There is also a brand new vaccine against Meningitis B (the most common strain of meningitis in the UK), which is now being issued to babies. This is not available to teenagers or adults on the NHS at this stage, as there have not been sufficient long term studies to demonstrate its effectiveness in adults. However, the Meningitis B vaccine can be obtained privately and through travel vaccination clinics, at a charge.

6. My GP has told me that I don’t need a vaccination. Why?

There are several possible reasons.

· If you are over 25 years old, you are not in the 'at risk’ demographic

· If you have been living in shared accommodation for years, you are probably not at risk

· The vaccinations take about two weeks for the protection to take effect, so vaccinations after university has started offer less protection that vaccinations before the start of term.

· Your GP may not have been fully stocked with vaccines

7. Can I get the vaccine from the USW Health Service?

You may be able to get vaccinated by the GPs who offer on-campus appointments, if you are registered with their particular GP surgeries. The way the NHS deals with this process means that the nurses working in the USW Health Service aren’t the people who do this vaccination.

8. Why should I register with a GP?

You should register with a GP near your term address so, should you fall ill during your studies, you have a doctor to go to for treatment (and/or any support if you need extenuating circumstances). It’s important to register with a GP as soon as you can: you don’t want to have to phone every practice in your area to see if they take on new patients when you are already ill.

9. Why should I register with the USW Health Service?

The nurses can see you about a variety of health matters on campus. Once the very busy start of term is done, you will generally be able to see a nurse very quickly – probably much sooner than you could get an appointment with a doctor.

Other benefits include sexual health clinics, free condom schemes, advice and assistance with registering with GP clinics and dentists, and more.

1.I’ve heard I need a special letter from my student hall to get a vaccine from my GP…

That isn’t so. If you belong to the 'at risk’ group, your GP should vaccinate you if they have stock of the vaccine. Only a small number of students – who had been in contact with the student who had meningitis – have been issued with letters by Public Health Wales. The University doesn’t issue letters for all halls residents.

» Halls Induction 2016-2017

Life in halls is different from life in a family home, or life in a student flat share in the private sector. To make sure that you know all you need to have an enjoyable and safe time in Halls, we’ve prepared an induction programme.

Life in halls is different from life in a family home, or life in a student flat share in the private sector. To make sure that you know all you need to have an enjoyable and safe time in Halls, we’ve prepared an induction programme.

Please note that it is compulsory for halls residents to attend these inductions as the induction includes essential safety information.

Step 1: Moving in

In your room, you will find a letter about Halls Inductions, and other halls literature. In Glamorgan Court / Mountain Halls, this includes a Welcome Letter from Accommodation Services.

In the kitchen of your flat, posters will also tell you about upcoming meetings.

Step 2: Compulsory Halls Induction Meeting

Your Induction Meeting – Trefforest Halls

As a condition of your tenancy agreement you are required to attend your compulsory Halls induction meeting. This meeting will allow us to take the earliest opportunity to welcome you to your Hall and make sure you are provided with invaluable information concerning all aspects of living in University accommodation including the regulations and conditions of occupancy.

The time and venue of your induction meetings are as follow:

Glamorgan Court
Houses K-V inclusive
Monday 21st September
Induction Meeting 5.30pm-6.00pm

Houses A-J inclusive
Monday 21st September
Induction Meeting 6.15pm-6.45pm

Mountain Halls

Snowdon, Pen Y Fan & Sugarloaf
Tuesday 22nd September
Induction Meeting 5.30pm-6.00pm

Garth & Caerphilly Flats & Studios and late arrivales from other areas
Tuesday 22nd September
Induction Meeting 6.15pm-6.45pm

Hall Inductions will take place at the Brecon Block (B Block), Theatre B1

Your Induction Meeting – Cardiff Halls

For those of you living in the Cardiff Halls your compulsory halls induction meeting will be held at:

ATRiuM Theatre, Room CB4

Liberty Park – SUNDAY 20th September 3:00 – 4:00
Liberty Bridge- SUNDAY 20th September 4:30 – 5:30
Liberty Bridge- SUNDAY 20th September 6:00 – 7:00

Halls Induction
Sunday 20th September
Location: Rathmell E10

The Halls Induction Meeting is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The meeting is organised by the Resident / Welfare Tutors, but members of staff from Accommodation Services and other University departments and outside agencies will also be there to answer questions. There are some short presentations about health, safety and security in halls.

You can also view the video about Meningitis in residential accommodation here:

After the inductions

There will be regular Resident & Welfare Tutor Visits by your Resident & Welfare Tutor throughout term. These are not compulsory to attend, as they are casual opportunities for you to offer any comments, feedback, or raise any issues you might have.

Late starters

If you arrive after the main enrolment period, you can find some of the information from the inductions as downloadable presentation slides on this page. However, these do not include any questions asked and answered during the meetings. The Resident Tutors will also organise an induction meeting for students starting courses in January and February, depending on demand and student numbers.

» Free Security App

There is a new personal safety application for smart phones called Panic Guard. Please go to the following YouTube link for more information: http://www.bit.ly/1N2L6mH

There is a new personal safety application for smart phones called Panic Guard. Please go to the following YouTube link for more information: http://www.bit.ly/1N2L6mH

» Halls Wars Competition

Make a team up from your Halls and compete against the rest – FOR FREE!

This competition is in its third year this year and it is a great way to meet new people. It is open to all students living in halls.

  • 8 Teams
  • Round Robin format
  • 4 sports: 5-a-side football, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee & Basketball

The team with the most points will be crowned CHAMPIONS!

Up to £100 worth of Stilts food vouchers available for the winning team.

How do we enter?

This one off event is a great way to get to know your hall mates as well as meeting other 1st year students. To sign up you can get an entry form from reception in the Treforest Sport Centre or download an entry form from the website.

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