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:
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