Two University of Bristol students affected by MenB

08 Nov 2018
Two University of Bristol students affected by MenB

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is aware that two students from the University of Bristol are being treated in hospital after contracting meningococcal B disease (MenB). MRF is pleased to hear that both students are recovering well.

MRF is in touch with Public Health England (PHE) who is working closely with the University of Bristol to identify close contacts of the two people affected (students who share the same accommodation). Antibiotics and vaccination against MenB are being arranged for these close contacts as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of any additional cases.

"Our free helpline and support service is here to support anyone affected or anyone who may have questions following this news." Rob Dawson - MRF

Rob Dawson, Head of Support at MRF said, “Our thoughts are with the individuals affected. Our free helpline and support service is here to support anyone affected or anyone who may have questions following this news.

“Around 1 in 5 teenagers harmlessly carry meningococcal bacteria in the back of the nose and throat, but it is quite unusual for the bacteria to invade the body and cause disease.

“Meningococcal bacteria are transmitted from person to person by close contact with others such as coughing, sneezing, kissing etc. However, usually we have to be in very close or regular contact with someone for the bacteria to pass between us. Even when this happens, most of us will not become ill because we have natural immunity. 

“It’s important for everyone to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.” 

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The symptoms of meningitis
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There are many different causes of meningitis and septicaemia, so it is important for students to protect themselves with vaccines which are available free of charge. A MenACWY vaccine is available on the NHS and MRF strongly encourages those eligible to take up the vaccine. It’s easy for anyone to check their eligibility at

Whilst this vaccine protects against four common types of meningitis and septicaemia, it does not protect against MenB. Babies are eligible to receive the MenB vaccine free from the NHS, however older age groups are not vaccinated as the risk amongst older age groups is much lower. Vaccines are available privately for those who are not eligible under the routine programmes.

MRF campaigns to ensure that any NHS meningitis vaccine programme offers the best protection against meningitis for everyone.

Membership and support

The MRF Membership and Support team are here for you for any questions you might have about meningitis and septicaemia and their effects on you, or your family and friends.

Tel: Helpline UK 080 8800 3344 Ireland 1800 41 33 44
Media contact
Holly Edwards - Communications Manager
Tel: 07875 498 047
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