Measles is one of the most highly infectious diseases and can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Fortunately, there's a free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine available. This is highly effective in providing protection against measles.
We are raising awareness of the MMR vaccine in the following groups in particular:
- parents of children in primary or secondary school
- young people starting college or university
- young people and families planning on travelling outwith Scotland this year.
We are encouraging anyone who believes they have outstanding MMR vaccinations to contact us here at the team on 01383 565456 or via GP referral.
Vaccination information - University of St Andrews students
Infectious diseases can spread easily in university communities. More face to face contact means you are at higher risk of catching and passing on infectious diseases. As a new student you are at an increased risk of these diseases because you have more close contact with other new students, especially during orientation week and if you are living in university accommodation. Students coming to University for the first time, including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25, should contact their healthcare professional and ensure they are up to date on their vaccinations, including the MenACWY vaccine and the MMR vaccine.
Why should I get the MMR vaccination?
There have been small outbreaks of mumps and measles within universities over the past few years among students who have not been vaccinated or have just had one MMR immunisation in their lives. It is important that you have had 2 doses of the vaccine.
Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) protects against meningitis and septicaemia caused by 4 groups of bacteria: A,C,W and Y. Meningococcal bacteria live in the throats of about 25% of young people and can spread to other people through coughing, sneezing or kissing.
By getting the vaccine you are protecting yourself, and others.
Where and when can I get the MMR vaccination?
University of St Andrews students can check they are up to date with their MMR and MenACWY vaccinations.
We are running sessions throughout orientation/freshers week in the student union:
Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September 2023 - Drop in consultation sessions
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September 2023 - Appointments for vaccination
Student union, meeting POD A, 10.00am to 3.00pm
If you have it, it would be helpful if you could bring your vaccination record with you.
Please contact us with any questions Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm.
Tel: 01383 565456