Princeton to Begin Dispensing Meningitis Vaccine

CDC recommends all students should receive it

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A recently-approved meningitis vaccine became available at Princeton University on Monday, as officials sought to contain the meningitis outbreak on the  New Jersey campus.

Students can receive meningitis B vaccine Bexsero beginning Monday, Novartis spokeswoman Liz Power said. The drug, which is made by Novartis, was ushered through approval by the Federal Drug Administration in order to help curb a meningitis outbreak on Princeton’s main campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all undergraduate students living on and off campus, as well as graduate students living on campus, receive the vaccination.

At least eight students have been diagnosed and treated for the B strain of meningitis this year, which is uncommon in the United States. Left untreated, the strain can cause brain damage, hearing loss, limb loss or even death. The drug was previously only approved in Europe, Australia and more recently Canada. 

 

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CarolineL.Petrie
CarolineL.Petrie

Our hearts and support go out to those affected by the terrible effects of meningitis. The Meningitis Foundation of America offers extensive information regarding diagnosis, immunization, recovery and the after effects of meningitis. MFA survives primarily by donations. For the past 16 years, we have assisted people through support groups, resources and advocacy in efforts to help those affected with meningitis overcome and those around them understand the journey ahead. We promote prevention and safety measure in at risk communities and help explain the short term, long term effects and recovery treatments of meningitis to the media and public at large.Meningitis is a dangerous & often times fatal infection that can lead to serious life-long physical problems and even death. We are here to provide emotional support to those who need it; please feel free to reach out to us at www.musa.org and customersupport@musa.org

Daisi Pollard Sepúlveda-Low

National President

Meningitis Foundation of America, Inc.

World Meningitis Day 24 April