Information for Supporters

Preparing to begin university is an exciting time for your student. There are a few things they need to do before their Fastrack programme. Check the information below to find out how you can help:

Complete Online Enrolment

The enrolment process for Fastrack is completed online.

Enrolment opens on Thursday 21 May.

Refer to the enrolment web pages to find out more.

MenACWY Vaccination

Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). Both diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early. The early symptoms of meningococcal disease are similar to those of flu, so students need to be able to recognise the symptoms very quickly (even if they have been vaccinated, the vaccines offered through the routine immunisation programme do not protect against all forms of the disease). A full description of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can be found at www.meningitis.org and www.meningitisnow.org.

Older students are at greatest risk of the MenW meningococcal disease, especially when starting university where they will come into contact with many new people of a similar age, so they will need to get vaccinated to protect themselves. Vaccination also reduces the risk of them carrying the bacteria and so protects other people. This should, in turn, prevent the numbers increasing to serious levels. Your son or daughter may have had a MenC vaccination as a baby and again more recently but this will not protect them against other meningococcal groups. The MenACWY vaccine will increase their protection against MenC and help to protect them against three other meningococcal groups (A, W and Y). It is still important to know the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia because there are many other bacteria that can also cause these illnesses, including the group B strain that is not covered by this vaccination.

Your student should contact their GP to arrange receiving the vaccine now, before they arrive at university for their undergraduate degree programme. If this isn’t possible, they should register with a GP in the area when they start university and arrange to get the vaccine there. This should be done straight away – ideally in the first week of term.

Public Health England (PHE) is also reminding young people to make sure they are vaccinated against measles, after new cases were reported across England. Young people who are unsure if they have been fully vaccinated should check with their GP and make an appointment to ensure they receive the 2 doses of MMR vaccine required.

Further information about both vaccinations can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Student Support

Edge Hill University provides a comprehensive student support service through a number of teams based in our Catalyst building. The teams can help with almost any aspect of student life including support with health and wellbeing. For more information visit the website here.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions regarding preparing for university, or require any further information, you can contact us:

We will respond to your WhatsApp and Live Chat messages Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm. All email messages will be responded to within three working days.

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