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Before you arrive

The MenACWY  Vaccine- get it before you come

Meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are rare but life-threatening diseases. They are caused by several groups of meningococcal bacteria - the most common types are A, B, C, W and Y. Young people have the highest risk of getting meningococcal disease, as well as children and babies

Students going to University for the first time, including overseas and mature students up to the age of 25 must contact their GP to ensure that they have had the MenACWY vaccine before attending University. If they have not then they must arrange this as soon as possible.

Even if you have had the MenC vaccine before, this will only protect you against meningococcal C infection, but not against Men W. Having the MenACWY vaccine will therefore also protect you against the other three meningococcal groups (A, W and Y).

Only if you come from a country where the MenACWY is not available will you be admitted and referred to the local Health Centre where they will have some limited stocks available. Please note that you will be charged extra for this service. 

For more information, please go to or NHS inform meningitis guide.

The MMR Vaccine - get it before you come

You should also have had the full double dose of MMR vaccine to protect from Measles, Mumps and Rubella. If not then you should contact your health practitioner to arrnage this before leaving to come to St Andrews.

For more information, please go to


The licencing of medication changes from country to country so if you are an international student you should seek advice from your doctor at home, before you come, about accessible alternative treatment in the UK if you can't get your medicine here. Changing medication can have side effects and we don't want that just as you're starting an important part of your new life.  If you're an international student, discuss your move to the UK with your home physician and check that your medication is licenced for the UK.  If not, then you should change to the UK version whilst still being monitored by your home physician so you're ready to continue using it in seamless transition when you arrive.  

If you wish to change to a UK medicine under the supervision of your new GP here in St Andrews, you should bring at least three months’ supply of any medication you are on.  If you do not envisage being back home for some time, then bring enough medication to see you through to that visit home - up to a maximum of 6 months will be allowed by immigration authorities so long as you have a letter of permission from your home physician.


The Student Health Hub

The Student Health Hub
St Andrews Community Hospital and Health Centre
Largo Road

St Andrews
KY16 8AR
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 (46)5777


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