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Emergency Guidelines for the Campus Community

E-Mail sent to graduate students

Thursday, April 24

Subject line: Meningitis B vaccine clinics to be held April 28-19, May 29

The next meningitis b vaccine clinics will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on April 28-29 and from 1 to 7 p.m. on May 29, at the Frist Campus Center, Level B in the Multipurpose Room. 

Now that the populations identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at an increased risk of getting meningitis have been offered two doses of the meningitis B vaccine, the CDC is allowing Princeton University to expand the eligible population in order to distribute some of the remaining doses.    

All of the following criteria must be met in order to be considered for eligibility:

  • Be a member of the faculty, staff, or a graduate student at the University.
  • Be planning to remain on or near campus for 30 days after receiving each of the first and second doses of the vaccine.
  • Be under 30 years of age. Young adults are at higher risk of getting meningococcal disease.
  • Be in an intimate relationship with an undergraduate student or a graduate student living in the Graduate College, Graduate College Annex, or in the undergraduate residential colleges. 

If you meet these criteria and are interested in receiving the vaccine, please complete the meningitis B vaccine request form.

Information submitted through the form will be shared with the CDC to determine eligibility, and applicants will be contacted with a response of whether or not they are considered eligible for the vaccine. 

The vaccine will continue to be available for all Princeton University 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).

Eligible individuals who have not received the first or second dose of the vaccine may do so during these clinics. Those who get the first dose on these dates will have an opportunity to receive a second dose at a later time.

If you have received the meningitis B vaccine on campus, you have likely protected yourself from getting sick, but you could still spread the meningitis bacteria to others who have not been vaccinated.

YOU can help prevent the spread of bacterial meningitis by doing the following:

  • Don't share drinking glasses, smoking materials, eating utensils, cosmetics or lip balm
  • Always cough into a sleeve or tissue
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Use hand sanitizer often
  • Don't drink from a common source such as a punch bowl

Bacterial meningitis is contagious and generally spread through coughing, sharing drinks, utensils or smoking materials, and kissing.

If you or a close contact becomes sick:

  • Anyone with a high fever should seek medical attention immediately
  • Students should immediately report to or call University Health Services at 609-258-3141
  • You may become ill with meningitis even if you have not been in contact with someone who is sick

For frequently asked questions about the University vaccine clinics, including specific questions about eligible populations, the second dose and more, please visit: http://web.princeton.edu/sites/emergency/meningitis.html.

For frequently asked questions about the vaccine and bacterial meningitis, please visit the CDC's meningitis information website: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/outbreaks/vaccine-serogroupB.html

You may also email the CDC at meningvaccine@cdc.gov, which is dedicated to answering questions about the vaccine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Last update: 25-Apr-2014 5:56 PM
Web page comments or errors: Robin Izzo.