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Meningitis

  • Meningococcal Meningitis:
    • Disease caused by an organism that is spread from person to person by exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (like coughing and kissing; dormitory-style or other relatively isolated living communities may play a role).
    • Behaviors such as active and passive smoking and excessive alcohol consumption have been shown to put individuals at higher risk.
       
    • Symptoms:
      • high fever
      • headaches
      • neck stiffness
      • nausea
      • vomiting
      • lethargy
    • Symptoms are often confused with flu symptoms.
    • Potentially life threatening if not diagnosed and treated quickly.
  • Meningitis Vaccination:
    • Brand names= Menactra, Menomune, & Menveo
    • Not available here at Student Health Services at this time.
    • Contraindications:
      • immunization should be deferred during the course of any acute illness
      • pregnant women should not be immunized since effects to the fetus are unknown
      • administration of Menactra groups A/C/Y/W-135 to individuals known to be sensitive to Diptheria, any other component of the vaccine, or latex
    • Adverse Reactions:
      • mild and infrequent, consisting of localized redness and swelling lasting 1-2 days
      • as with the administration of any vaccine, there is a possibility of allergic reactions
    • Re-vaccination: the latest research is showing the needed for re-vaccination with a booster dose. The newest CDC recommendations.
  • Additional Meningitis information available on our website.
  • Meningitis Vaccination Information Statement.

Masks Required on Campus