Emergency Guidelines for the Campus Community

E-Mail sent to graduate students

March 12, 2014

Subject: Second dose of meningitis B vaccine available March 26-27

The last scheduled clinic for all Princeton University graduate students living in undergraduate dormitories, the Graduate College and annexes, and those with specific medical conditions, including problems with their spleen (including sickle cell disease) or complement pathway (a specific type of immune deficiency) to receive the second dose of the meningitis B vaccine will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Mar. 26-27, at the Frist Campus Center, Level B in the Multipurpose Room. 

Even if you received the first dose of the vaccine, you are still at an increased risk of getting meningitis. Because protection provided by the first dose declines over time, two doses of the vaccine are needed for full immunity. One dose is not enough.

Eligible individuals who have not yet received the first dose may also do so on these dates, and arrangements will be made so they can receive a second dose at a later time.

The vaccine will be provided only to these groups, and it will not be administered anywhere else. Princeton University will cover the cost of the vaccine.

All eligible individuals must sign an informed consent form at the vaccine clinic. Experts from the CDC will go over the form and answer any questions at the clinic.

For frequently asked questions about the University vaccine clinics, including specific questions about the second dose, 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.

Cynthia Cherrey










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