Six Oregon State University (OSU) students have confirmed cases of meningococcal disease. In response, OSU is requiring all Corvallis campus students 25 and younger to begin meningococcal B vaccination by February 15, 2018. Per Oregon law, vaccination during an outbreak is 100% covered for health plan members 25 and younger (you MUST be enrolled at OSU’s Corvallis campus for this to apply).
Metropolitan Pediatrics has increased our supply of meningococcal B vaccine, and we are ready to vaccinate college students during winter break. Vaccination is strongly recommended for ALL college and college-bound students enrolled at ANY university. The vaccine requires two doses given AT LEAST one month apart. If you are unsure whether you have received this vaccine, please contact your clinic. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about the vaccine.
Vaccination is the best defense against meningococcal disease. Other ways you can help prevent the spread of meningococcal—and other diseases—include coughing into your elbow or a tissue, avoiding other people’s saliva (do not share drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, lip balm, or kisses!), and washing your hands regularly.
Meningococcal bacteria can affect the body in different ways—one way is meningitis, or extreme swelling of the brain and spinal cord’s surrounding tissue. Another potential outcome is a serious blood infection called meningococcemia. Both responses make you very sick and can even be fatal! Fortunately, most people recover fully with treatment.
Signs & Symptoms
- Sudden fever
- Dark purple rash
- Severe headache
- Severe body aches
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Tiredness or feeling weak
- Stiff neck