Student Health Services
PO Box 336
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
Fax: (434) 223-7071
Timothy W. Corbett, M.D.
Beth P. Graham, BSN, RN-BC
Barbara Kiewiet de Jonge,
Primary College Health Nurse
Connie Denise Faircloth, LPN
Hampden-Sydney has chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Meningococcal Meningitis Facts for Students
Student Health Services strongly recommends that all incoming freshmen and transfer students to H-SC receive the meningococcal meningitis vaccination as soon as possible after arrival on campus if it has not been obtained prior to arrival.
Meningococcal meningitis is a serious illness that can lead to brain damage, disability, or death. College freshmen, particularly those who live in dorms, have a modestly increased risk of contracting this disease. A vaccine is available that protects against four of the five most common strains and provides protection for 3-5 years.
What are the Symptoms?
The early symptoms usually associated with meningococcal disease include:
- Fever (greater than 101 degrees)
- Sudden and severe headache
- Neck and back stiffness
- Rash (1-2 mm appearing as tiny red, purple-black spots, or larger resembling bruises in areas such as armpits, groin and ankles)
The vaccine is available at local health departments and travel clinics in metropolitan areas. Student Health Services does provide the vaccine at cost on a pre-paid basis only. For additional information, please contact of the staff at 434-223-6167.
The following web sites are also helpful:
Center for Disease Control
American College Health Association