Public Health England says first years should check they are up to date with MMR jabs
New university students are being urged to ensure they have been vaccinated against measles following outbreaks of the highly infectious illness.
Public Health England said students should check they are up to date with the MenACWY vaccine – which protects against meningitis – and the measles, mumps and rubella jab before the start of term. The number of European cases of measles has reached an eight-year high.
Some students starting university this year may have missed out on the MMR vaccine as children, with uptake as low as 80% in 2003, PHE said.