Public Health England says the jab will help protect against meningitis W in particular - a sometimes deadly strain that is on the rise.

Officials say new students are at risk as they often mix closely with groups of unfamiliar people - some who may unknowingly carry the bug.

The injection - known as the Men ACWY vaccine - was first introduced for new university students in the UK last year.  It protects against the A, C, Y and W strains of the disease - all forms that can cause death or disability, but health experts say they are particularly concerned about "a highly aggressive strain" of meningitis W bacteria.

Some 22 people got meningitis W in 2009 in England, compared with almost 200 people in the last 12 months.

Meningitis W infection is fatal in one in 10 cases and can lead to long-term health problems including deafness, epilepsy and amputations.

Since 2015 the vaccine has also been rolled out for younger teenagers at schools across the UK.

The ultimate aim is to ensure teenagers are offered the vaccine before they leave school.