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Health / Safety

Meningococcal disease updates

December 9, 2010

Update - December 17
Hartshorn Immunization Clinic Holiday Hours

The CSU Health Network is encouraging University students to come in to the regular Hartshorn immunization clinic who have not been vaccinated for or have not received a meningococcal disease vaccine since May 1, 2008.

Winter break immunization clinic limited to students

During the winter break, the CSU Health Network immunization staff will prioritize serving students only. CSU employees and family members are asked not to seek the vaccine through the CSU Health Network during the break.

  • Dec. 20-21: walk in vaccination clinic from 8-11a.m.
  • Dec. 22-24: University holidays, no vaccine clinic
  • Dec 27-30: walk in vaccination clinic from 8-11a.m.
  • Dec 31: University holiday, no vaccine clinic
Regular Immunization Clinic hours resume January 3

On Jan. 3, the clinic will resume giving vaccinations to students during the normal clinic schedule:

  • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Vaccinations for employees and household members

The university encourages University employees, and the household members of CSU students and employees who are 29 years old and younger to attend the Larimer County Health Department vaccination clinics during the county's regular walk-in immunization clinic times. Vaccines for meningococcal disease will be provided to the CSU community free of charge for only a limited time to people within risk categories.

More information about the county's regular immunization clinic times is available at http://www.co.larimer.co.us/health/chs/immunizations.asp.

Household members are encouraged to speak to their doctor or pharmacist regarding any questions or concerns they have about the vaccination and availability.

Update - December 10
Hartshorn Immunization Clinic

The CSU Health Network is encouraging Colorado State University students to come in to the regular Hartshorn immunization clinic before they leave for the holidays. Any students who have not received a meningococcal disease vaccine since May 1, 2008, should consider getting a vaccination. Vaccinations continue to be offered free to CSU community members who fall into risk categories due to support from county and state health departments.

Because the semester is ending soon, the CSU Health Network immunization staff will prioritize serving students during the next week before they leave campus. CSU employees and family members are asked not to seek the vaccine through the CSU Health Network at the Hartshorn Building at this time to ensure students can get in before they leave for break. The CSU Health Network's immunization clinic is operating on regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during finals week. It will be on a holiday schedule – 7:30am to 4:30pm – from December 20 to January 18. The CSU Health Network at Hartshorn will return to its regular schedule when classes resume.

The university encourages household members of CSU students and employees and employees who are 29 years old and younger to speak to their doctor or pharmacist about vaccination availability. They also may attend the Larimer County Health Department vaccination clinics during the county's regular walk-in immunization clinic times. Vaccines for meningococcal disease will be provided to the CSU community free of charge for only a limited time to people within risk categories. More information about the county's regular immunization clinic times is available at http://www.co.larimer.co.us/health/chs/immunizations.asp.

Update - December 9
Student hospitalized with meningococcal disease

The following is a communication to campus from the Public Safety Team. Information about campus safety issues is available on safety.colostate.edu.

The Larimer County Department of Public Health and the Environment announced Thursday that another student from Colorado State University has been hospitalized with meningococcal disease that is likely related to the same strain that has caused other illnesses in our community.

The student, who fortunately is recovering, lives off campus and was vaccinated for meningococcal disease in 2006 but did not get the recommended vaccine booster made available at the recent CSU clinics. His three roommates all had current vaccines and have not become infected by the bacteria. As in all cases of this type, health officials have contacted those known to have had contact with this student, and in the last two days have given preventive treatments to the 13 people known to have been in close contact with him.

Our purpose in writing today is threefold

First, we want to recognize that the quick action of this student’s off-campus roommates very likely saved his life. His symptoms seemed somewhat atypical—he reportedly was vomiting and had a sore throat, but no headache or sore neck—but his roommates acted on their concerns and got him to the hospital in time for him to be treated successfully.  This is a critical reminder to all of us to watch out for one another and to seek medical attention immediately if you or a friend or roommate exhibits any of signs of meningococcal disease or other concerning illness. It’s better to overreact than to risk someone becoming seriously ill or even dying.

Second, we want to caution all members of the CSU community to practice smart, preventive behaviors to avoid transmitting meningococcal bacteria. We’re heading into the holiday season and finals week, when a lot of you will be going to parties. Remember: This bacteria is transmitted through saliva, which means DON’T share drinks, pipes, or smokes.

Third, students can still get a free meningococcal disease vaccine through the CSU Health Network at the Hartshorn Building. We strongly encourage you, if you have not done so, to come in and get vaccinated before you leave for break or get a vaccine while you’re home over the holidays. If you were vaccinated on or before May 1, 2008, you should come in for an updated vaccine or booster. (Thanks again to the nearly 11,000 CSU people who received the vaccination at the CSU clinics last month.)