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In the past there have been several cases of mumps at the University. Protection from this viral illness is provided by the MMR vaccine. If you have not been immunised, or think you have only had one dose of MMR, then please contact our practice nurse here to ask about MMR immunisation.

Letter to all students re mumps outbreak
Mumps factsheet
MMR leaflet

Measles Alert

Meningitis ACWY

First time University entrants under the age of 25 are advised to be vaccinated against Meningitis ACWY, prior to coming to Heriot Watt University. If you have not had this before coming to University, then you can attend the University Health Centre to arrange GP registration, and book an appointment to have this vaccination.

Updated advice received from the Scottish Government recommends that students under the age of 25 who have never received a dose of Meningitis ACWY vaccine, should now receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccine to provide the best possible protection for this age group.

Registered students under the age of 25 that fall into the criteria above, who wish to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccine should contact the University Health Centre to request an appointment with the Practice Nurse to have this vaccine. For more information, visit  or

Common Winter Illnesses

Winter Vomiting Bug

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A video resource has been produced to help the public understand why their GP practice may be phoning them to discuss aspects of anticipatory care planning.   The 3 minute video explains what anticipatory care planning is, and why it is important.


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