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Emergency Guidelines for the Campus Community

E-Mail sent to graduate students

March 25, 2014

SUBJECT: Meningitis B vaccine clinics to be held on Wed. and Thurs.

I'm writing to remind you that a clinic to receive 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. 

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

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.

The vaccine will be available 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).

The vaccine will be provided only to eligible 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.

It is important to remember you can still become ill with meningitis even if you have not been in contact with someone who is sick. Students who have received both doses of the vaccine have likely protected themselves from getting sick, but there is a chance they may still be able to carry the serogroup B bacteria in their throats.

All members of the University community should continue to help prevent the spread of disease by increasing hygienic practices, and not sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, smoking materials and other items.

Any student with a high fever should go to University Health Services in McCosh Health Center or call (609) 258-3141 during business hours or (609) 258-3139 after hours.

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
Vice President for Campus Life

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Last update: 27-Mar-2014 6:54 PM
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