Emergency Guidelines for the Campus Community
Last update: March 3, 2014
Eight cases of serogroup B meningococcal disease have been associated with Princeton University. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health have advised not to cancel or curtail events or activities on campus.
Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
The second dose will be available from 1 to 7 p.m. March 26 and 27, at Frist Campus Center, Level B in the Multipurpose Room for undergraduate students; graduate students living in undergraduate dormitories; the Graduate College and annexes; and members of the University community with specific medical conditions, including problems with their spleen (including sickle cell disease) or complement pathway (a specific type of immune deficiency).
The first dose of the meningitis B vaccine has been provided to 5,471 individuals, representing 95 percent of the approximately 5,800 University community members who were eligible to receive the vaccine. In January and February, 4,709 of these individuals (84%) received a second dose.
It is important to remember that students who already received a single dose of the meningitis B vaccine, or any other meningococcal vaccine, are not fully protected against serogroup B. Two doses of the meningitis B vaccine are needed for maximum protection.
Students, including those who get the vaccine, and other members of the University community should continue to pay increased attention to personal hygienic practices and remember these important points about meningitis:
For frequently asked questions about the University vaccine clinics, including specific questions for students, faculty, staff and community members, please visit: http://web.princeton.edu/sites/emergency/meningitis.html.
For frequently asked questions about the vaccine and bacterial meningitis, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) meningitis information website: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/vaccine-serogroupB.html#serogroup.
You may also email the CDC at firstname.lastname@example.org, which is dedicated to answering questions about the vaccine.
The University will continue to provide reminders and additional information about the vaccine and precautions to help limit the spread of bacterial meningitis.
This website provides information resources for meningitis. This list of questions and answers and resources on this page will be updated regularly.