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Free meningococcal vaccinations for uninsured, underinsured students ages 19-55

December 3, 2013

The CSU Health Network is offering free meningococcal vaccinations for students ages 19-55 throughout the month of December.

The current serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak at Princeton University brings national attention to an issue that is of longstanding importance to college communities.  Meningococcal disease is a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection that can be passed from person to person by oral secretions. It is well known that the close quarters of campus residence hall living puts students at increased risk for meningococcal disease.

Get a booster shot

The dramatic decline in cases of meningococcal disease since the late 1990s coincides with the widespread use of the meningococcal vaccine in adolescents and students entering college.  There is a need for a booster dose for students in college, if the first dose was given prior to age 16.

ASCSU is sponsoring free meningococcal vaccinations from now until Dec. 31, while supplies last. This includes both the vaccine and the office visit for students ages 19-55 that are uninsured or underinsured. You can get your vaccine at the CSU Health Network Immunization Clinic, located in the Hartshorn Health Services building. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. No appointment is needed.

Importance of good hygiene

Inprotecting yourself from the meningococcal disease, remember the importance of good hygiene measures, such as not smoking, avoiding secondhand smoke, and not sharing drinking and eating utensils or other items that have contacted saliva. 

Pay attention for the early signs of the disease. High fever, headache and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of two. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take one to two days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. If this occurs,  need for quick treatment and notification by health care professionals to their local public health officials is warranted, allowing for prompt post-exposure antibiotic prophylaxis.

For further information about the meningococcal disease and the vaccine, visit the Health Network website or call (970) 491-6548.