If you are under 25 and entering higher education for the first time, you should receive the MenACWY vaccine, ideally before coming to the University. If you have not already been immunised before arrival, this can be done by your college doctor.
The MenACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against 4 strains of the meningococcal bacteria – A, C, W and Y – which cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia).You can find further information about meningitis symptoms on the NHS Website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/meningitis/symptoms/
Measles, Mumps and Rubella
Measles and mumps are circulating in the general UK population, particularly among young people. Several outbreaks of mumps have occurred at both universities in Oxford and, year-on-year, the number of cases continues to be significant. If you are not certain that you have received the two MMR immunisations, then in line with national policy, we recommend that you obtain them before arriving at University with a month between each dose.
You can find further information on the NHS Website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine/
Tetanus, diphtheria and polio
You should make sure your vaccinations for these are up to date. In the UK you may have received them as the 3-in-one teenage booster.
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is the name of a very common group of viruses. They do not cause any problems in most people, but some types can cause genital warts or cancer. If you are under 25 and have not received this vaccination we recommend that you do.
You can find further information about HPV and the vaccine on the NHS Website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/human-papilloma-virus-hpv/
COVID-19 vaccinations are the best way of protecting yourself and others against becoming seriously ill or having long-term effects. We would encourage and recommend all students to get this vaccination and necessary boosters prior to arrival at Oxford.
Anyone in the UK aged 5 or over can now get vaccinated. Please follow this link for bookings: NHS online vaccination booking service.
If you’re outside the UK, and have access to a UK-approved vaccine, please get vaccinated as soon as you can. If you don’t have access, we expect that you will be able to get vaccinated for free when you arrive in the UK, regardless of your nationality or immigration status.