New Students

Vaccinations and immunisations

The University encourages you to protect yourself by having the appropriate vaccinations.

It is likely that you have received some vaccinations in your youth or before travelling to Edinburgh, but if you are not sure, speak to your home doctor. 

Below are highly recommended vaccinations that we encourage new students to get before arriving at University:

1. Meningococcal ACWY immunisation (for first-time university entrants) 

If you are starting university for the first time (only students under 25 years), it is strongly recommended that you get the MenACWY single-dose vaccine at least two weeks before you arrive at the University to protect yourself and others against the rare, but life-threatening meningitis and/or septicaemia (blood poisoning). 

As a new student, you are at an increased risk of MenACWY because you have more close contact with other new students, especially during Welcome Week and if you are living in University accommodation.

If you are a postgraduate and have any queries about this Meningitis and septicaemia you should speak to your doctor. 

MenACWY (NHS Inform website)

2. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunisation (for all students) 

Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious conditions that can have serious, and potentially fatal complications. There have been small outbreaks of mumps and measles within universities over the past few years in the UK among students who have not been vaccinated or have just had one MMR immunisation in their lives.

You should check your MMR vaccination history with your home doctor before you leave for University.  If you have not had two vaccinations, then we would strongly encourage you to make sure you receive both doses before arriving on-campus. 

MMR vaccine (NHS Choices website)

NHS Inform Student Vaccines 

Useful Links

NHS Scot Inform Student Vaccines

NHS Vaccination advice

Student Health | NHS inform