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    Are there any other mature students over 25 and just about to start their first year of Uni who are getting, have had, or have been offered, the meningitis ACWY vaccine at their GP surgery?

    I've read articles on the NHS website, on UCAS, my University website and had emails from UCAS saying that ALL new students starting University for the first time this September should be getting the Meningitis vaccine, but for some reason it's not being offered routinely to anyone over 25 on the NHS.
    Seems a bit strange as the risk factors are listed as mixing with lots of new people for the first time, socialising more etc, which over 25's will be doing just like the under 25's. I can only assume that funding on the NHS is the issue.

    When I tried to book an appointment to have it done at my GP surgery, I explained that I fit all the criteria for having the vaccine but I was over 25 and the answer was a straight 'NO', which is discriminatory IMO.
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    I believe their thinking is that the over 25's will socialise less? Which is disgusting. Most of us will want to make the most of the new environments and opportunities. I'm not entirely sure if there is a reason why over 25's can't have it. Did you ask why when you phoned?

    My mum phoned to tell me about it as I have a compromised immune system, I keep forgetting to phone up about it to be honest. All depends if the vaccine is live or not whether I can have it. I'm 29 but I will phone on Tuesday to find out.
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    (Original post by Emizi)
    I believe their thinking is that the over 25's will socialise less? Which is disgusting. Most of us will want to make the most of the new environments and opportunities. I'm not entirely sure if there is a reason why over 25's can't have it. Did you ask why when you phoned?

    My mum phoned to tell me about it as I have a compromised immune system, I keep forgetting to phone up about it to be honest. All depends if the vaccine is live or not whether I can have it. I'm 29 but I will phone on Tuesday to find out.
    I have a compromised immune system as well as I'm on immuno-suppressant medication, hence why I'm worried at picking up Meningitis.

    I've checked with the hospital nurses who help me to manage my condition and they said that it's NOT a live vaccine so it is safe to have. (MMR is a live vaccine for example - some Uni's recommend you have that as well if you haven't had it before).
    The only reason given why I couldn't have it was that I was over 25 (I'm 32) no other reason was given, so it must be about money, which I agree is disgusting. We can catch it just as much as anyone else!
    I'll be ringing up my surgery again on Tuesday to kick up a fuss about it.
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    I'm 22 and I've had it just a few weeks ago because I'm going to study in the UK. My home country doesn't even sell this lol they had to order it.
    ( no point in my answer as I'm under 25 haha, sorry).
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    (Original post by Lefty guy)
    I have a compromised immune system as well as I'm on immuno-suppressant medication, hence why I'm worried at picking up Meningitis.

    I've checked with the hospital nurses who help me to manage my condition and they said that it's NOT a live vaccine so it is safe to have. (MMR is a live vaccine for example - some Uni's recommend you have that as well if you haven't had it before).
    The only reason given why I couldn't have it was that I was over 25 (I'm 32) no other reason was given, so it must be about money, which I agree is disgusting. We can catch it just as much as anyone else!
    I'll be ringing up my surgery again on Tuesday to kick up a fuss about it.
    Yeah, I'm also taking immunosuppressant's. Hmmm. Yeah.. I've not had the MMR. I've not had any vaccines since I was a baby as I've been on immunosuppressants most of my life.

    Maybe speak to your consultant that deals with your condition, see if he can contact your GP surgery. OR, make an appointment to see your GP and get them to either give it to you or make the appointment for you.
    Receptionists at my surgery think they run the place usually.

    I'll be contacting mine on Tuesday, let me know how you get on.
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    (Original post by Emizi)
    Yeah, I'm also taking immunosuppressant's. Hmmm. Yeah.. I've not had the MMR. I've not had any vaccines since I was a baby as I've been on immunosuppressants most of my life.

    Maybe speak to your consultant that deals with your condition, see if he can contact your GP surgery. OR, make an appointment to see your GP and get them to either give it to you or make the appointment for you.
    Receptionists at my surgery think they run the place usually.

    I'll be contacting mine on Tuesday, let me know how you get on.
    Yeah thanks, I will do.
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    (Original post by Lefty guy)
    Are there any other mature students over 25 and just about to start their first year of Uni who are getting, have had, or have been offered, the meningitis ACWY vaccine at their GP surgery?

    I've read articles on the NHS website, on UCAS, my University website and had emails from UCAS saying that ALL new students starting University for the first time this September should be getting the Meningitis vaccine, but for some reason it's not being offered routinely to anyone over 25 on the NHS.
    Seems a bit strange as the risk factors are listed as mixing with lots of new people for the first time, socialising more etc, which over 25's will be doing just like the under 25's. I can only assume that funding on the NHS is the issue.

    When I tried to book an appointment to have it done at my GP surgery, I explained that I fit all the criteria for having the vaccine but I was over 25 and the answer was a straight 'NO', which is discriminatory IMO.
    I'm 28 and I was given it. No charge. No questions. Didn't even mention that I was over 25. I hope u get sorted.

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    (Original post by mssmuppet)
    I'm 28 and I was given it. No charge. No questions. Didn't even mention that I was over 25. I hope u get sorted.

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    Would you mind saying where you live if you're in the UK? I'm in South Wales.
    And did you have any side effects afterwards?
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    (Original post by Lefty guy)
    Would you mind saying where you live if you're in the UK? I'm just outside Cardiff in South Wales.
    And did you have any side effects afterwards?
    Yes i am. I'm in Northern Ireland.

    Had no side effects at all. I can sometimes feel ill after jabs but had no problems at all with this one.

    Maybe check if any health centres do it? Don't understand why ur doctor wouldn't though. Seems strange.
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    oi LeftyGuy,

    Interesting thread you've started here. I too am over 25 ( by some margin), based in South Wales, and following advice from UCAS et al, I too have been making enquiries with my local GP surgery to get the Meningitis ACWY vaccine. They've booked me in for an appointment, no questions asked, but I've yet to actually get the vaccine - they have changed my appointment once already, then rang me in the morning to say they didn't have any stock of the vaccine at the moment so my vaccination is 'on hold'. It is worrying to say the least that you've been flatly refused though. It certainly sounds discriminatory to me (but then, so many things about the NHS are blatantly discriminatory, so don't get me started).

    (Original post by Lefty guy)
    Are there any other mature students over 25 and just about to start their first year of Uni who are getting, have had, or have been offered, the meningitis ACWY vaccine at their GP surgery?

    I've read articles on the NHS website, on UCAS, my University website and had emails from UCAS saying that ALL new students starting University for the first time this September should be getting the Meningitis vaccine, but for some reason it's not being offered routinely to anyone over 25 on the NHS.
    Seems a bit strange as the risk factors are listed as mixing with lots of new people for the first time, socialising more etc, which over 25's will be doing just like the under 25's. I can only assume that funding on the NHS is the issue.

    When I tried to book an appointment to have it done at my GP surgery, I explained that I fit all the criteria for having the vaccine but I was over 25 and the answer was a straight 'NO', which is discriminatory IMO.
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    I wasn't given it, reason given that at my age I was unlikely to be snogging lots of other students!
 
 
 
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