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Registration began 8 a.m. Wednesday for Friday's free Meningococcal Vaccine Clinic at Student Rec Center

November 3, 2010

Online registration for the Meningococcal Vaccine Clinic on Friday, Nov. 5, begins at 8 a.m. today. Registering will speed up the process significantly, with an estimated average 15 minutes or less from arrival to completed vaccination. Students and employees also can walk-in to the clinic and sign-up for a vaccination, but might be required to wait longer or return at a later time. The clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends all CSU students and employees 29 and younger get vaccinated for meningococcal disease. Health officials also want anyone within that age group at CSU who was vaccinated more than three years ago to get a fresh vaccine because it decreases significantly in effectiveness after a few years.

Online registration

Students and employees are encouraged to register for a vaccination time online at www.safety.colostate.edu, beginning at 8 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Colorado State University is working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and the Health District of Northern Larimer County to provide a free vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, at the Student Recreation Center to make getting a vaccine or booster shot free, fast and easy, and to vaccinate a significant part of the CSU population before Fall Break.

Students and employees 29 and younger

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends all CSU students and employees 29 and younger get vaccinated for meningococcal disease.

Any roommates or family members living with CSU employees or students within the target ages of 2 to 29 years old also can get vaccinated at the clinic. Anyone who does not fit into that age category is encouraged to speak to their physician or pharmacist if they want more information about the vaccine.

Vaccinated more than three years ago?

Health officials also want anyone within that age group at CSU who was vaccinated more than three years ago to get a fresh vaccine because it decreases significantly in effectiveness after a few years.

Reduce risk of future cases

The planned clinic is in response to the Fort Collins community seeing a higher than usual number of serious bacterial meningococcal infections over the last five months. The state has confirmed seven bacterial 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. Public health officials believe the vaccination clinic is an important strategy to reduce the risk of future cases.

Help to verify your vaccination records

CO HELP, a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment toll-free number, will help CSU students verify their vaccination records. They also will answer student and employee questions about meningococcal disease and the vaccine. Students and employees can call CO HELP toll-free at 1-877-462-2911 from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. If you do not know if you have been vaccinated, or when you were last vaccinated, call CO HELP for advice.

For more information, visit www.safety.colostate.edu.