The Department of Health will issue guidance to 9,000 GPs over the next two weeks on vaccinating first-year university and college students against the C strain of meningitis. Students, especially those living in halls of residence, have been identified as a priority for the vaccination programme. Students with confirmed places at universities and colleges will also receive 'freshers' packs' about vaccination. The British Medical Association's GP committee welcomed the guidance, and new money to pay GPs for implementing the programme.