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Meningococcal Vaccine Clinic today at Rec Center

November 5, 2010

Colorado State University employees and students 29 years and younger who did not register for the meningococcal vaccine clinic can still get a vaccine by visiting the Student Recreation Center between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. today. Anyone who is not registered can come to the clinic, register on the spot and either wait in line for a shot or make an appointment and come back at that time.

More than 4,100 registered to get vaccine

Vaccines for the clinic are being provided free as a strategy state and local health officials believe will help prevent future meningococcal disease illnesses in the Larimer County community. More than 4,100 members of the CSU community are already registered to get the vaccine at the clinic.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment is providing free vaccines based on its recommendation that all CSU students and employees 29 years of age and younger receive a meningococcal vaccination if they have not received one within the past three years.

Free vaccine for target groups

Following CDPHE recommendations, the free vaccine clinic will be available to anyone 2 to 29 years old who is a:

  • CSU student 29 years old or younger
  • CSU employee 29 years old or younger
  • Household member of a CSU student or employee (family members and roommates) who are 2 to 29 years old

Hotline

Anyone in the CSU community who does not fit into that category is encouraged to talk with their physician or pharmacist about getting the vaccine. Students and employees also can call CO HELP, a state-run health hotline, for information about the vaccine, the clinic and meningococcal disease, as well as their vaccination record history. The hotline is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends at 1-877-462-2911.

CDC declared outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control has declared an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Fort Collins; vaccines are being encouraged to prevent meningococcal disease and help reduce the risk of further cases of the disease which has resulted in four fatal illnesses in Larimer County over the last five months. There have been no new reported meningococcal disease cases in Larimer County or among the CSU community since the death a young woman on Oct. 20.

College students are at a higher risk of meningococcal disease due to their age and lifestyle, such as living in crowded spaces and being more likely to share food, drinks, smokes, and utensils when socializing. 

In late October, the Centers for Disease Control’s advisory committee that provides recommendations on vaccination said that immunity provided by the meningococcal vaccine declines over time. After five years, it no longer protects against meningococcal disease.

Higher than usual number of serious infections

The Fort Collins community has seen a higher than usual number of serious meningococcal infections over the last five months, including Christina Adame, a CSU student who died from the infection on Oct. 20. The state has confirmed seven meningococcal disease cases linked to the outbreak in Larimer County. One of those lived in the Denver area with links to the CSU campus community. Five cases, including the one in Denver, resulted in death.

For more information about meningococcal disease and the CSU clinic, visit www.safety.colostate.edu.