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Cardiff Met Commits to Fighting Meningitis



The University is celebrating as it has become the first university in Wales to be awarded the Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark (MARM) by the charity, Meningitis Now.

Cardiff Met has received this Mark, the first of its kind in the UK, for raising awareness of the disease amongst students and staff, promoting the Men ACWY vaccine uptake and being prepared for potential cases on campus.

Meningitis can affect anyone at any time, but there are particular factors that increase the risk of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in students, particularly those in their first year. These include higher carriage rates and increased social interaction, where the spread of bacteria that students have not encountered previously is more likely.

Speaking about the meningitis aware recognition mark, chief executive of Meningitis Now, Tom Nutt said: "We've had a strong and positive response to the launch of our Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark for Universities, but we want to do even better.

"We are now approaching the peak season for bacterial meningitis during the colder winter months so it's particularly important that those universities who haven't yet committed to the Mark do so now and demonstrate their commitment to their students' health and wellbeing."

Kirsty Palmer, Director of Student Services at Cardiff Met added: "We are very pleased to have been awarded the Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark by Meningitis Now as it clearly shows our commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of our students and staff."