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Health / Safety

Second Meningococcal Vaccine Clinic Nov. 11

November 9, 2010

Based on a strong turnout at the University's meningococcal vaccine clinic on Friday and continued demand for vaccines, a second clinic has been scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Student Recreation Center at CSU.

Target groups receive free vaccine

The clinic will provide the meningococcal disease vaccine free to anyone who has not received the vaccine in the last three years and who is a:

  • CSU student or employee 2-29 years old
  • Front Range Community College student or employee within that age group
  • Roommates or family who share a household with a CSU or FRCC student or employee and  are 2-29 years old

Parking and shuttle buses

Participants may park in the SW corner of the lot west of Moby Arena. Volunteers will be on hand to direct participants to the Rec Center and to the shuttle bus stop near the Academic and Training Center. Shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes until about one hour after the clinic closes. [map]

Online registration

Online registration for the clinic is available at www.safety.colostate.edu.

  • Registering diminishes wait time from arrival at the clinic to completed vaccination to about 15 minutes or less.
  • Participants 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.
  • During the Friday, Nov. 5 clinic, the process averaged less than 10 minutes from the time registered participants entered the building until their vaccination was complete.
  • If you plan to get a vaccine -- regardless of whether or not you register -- medical officials suggest that you eat a snack or meal before coming to the clinic.

Reduce additional cases of meningococcal disease

The clinics are in response to a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommendation that this target group get a meningococcal vaccine if they have not received one within the last three years. Health officials believe that vaccinating this targeted population could help reduce additional cases of meningococcal disease across the Fort Collins community.

The vaccines are being provided by the CDPHE.

More than 7,400 people vaccinated last Friday

During the Nov. 5 clinic, more than 7,400 CSU students, employees and housemates were vaccinated. The clinic was the result of teamwork among the CDPHE, the Larimer County Department of Public Health, the Health District of Northern Colorado and CSU. It involved about 330 volunteer workers from 22 different counties.

CO HELP, an information resource of the Colorado Department of Public Health, will assist callers by providing information to help answer questions about meningococcal disease. CO HELP also will be able to search the state’s vaccine registry for students and others who want to verify if or when they received their last vaccination. CO HELP is available toll-free at 1-877-462-2911 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. The line also is open on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meningococcal disease outbreak in Larimer County

In late October, the Centers for Disease Control said that immunity provided by the meningococcal vaccine declines over time. CDPHE is recommending that the CSU target population get vaccine boosters after three years because of the current meningococcal disease outbreak in Larimer County.

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.

If you're outside the target groups

Health officials advise people outside the CSU or FRCC communities who want a meningococcal vaccination to check with their physician or pharmacy about the vaccine. According to health officials, meningococcal vaccine is readily available for order from pharmaceutical companies, but local providers’ supply may be temporarily unavailable due to increased demand. The cost for these vaccines is about $125 for the vaccine and administration.

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