SDSU To Offer Meningococcal Vaccines After County Declares Campus Outbreak
Friday, October 5, 2018
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San Diego State University will offer vaccines against meningococcal B to students Friday in response to a recent outbreak on the school's campus.
County health officials declared a meningococcal outbreak after a pair of undergraduate students at SDSU were hospitalized in September with meningococcal symptoms. Officials said a third SDSU student contracted the disease in June but she did not live on campus at the time and it was not connected to the current outbreak.
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San Diego County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said those students have been successfully treated and discharged.
Wooten advised all SDSU undergraduate students to get the vaccine or undergo treatment if symptoms develop.
"Although most students on the SDSU campus have been vaccinated as teenagers with a quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine, many have not gotten the serogroup B vaccine, which is needed to protect against the bacteria that has caused these recent illnesses," Wooten said. "Meningococcal disease can be serious and deadly, so we want anyone to be alert for symptoms and seek care should they occur."
SDSU Student Health Services will make clinics with the meningococcal B vaccine available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Viejas Arena. The school suggests that all undergraduate students 23 years old or younger get the vaccine if they haven't before.
The school will host a second clinic 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, and the Naval Medical Center San Diego will host a clinic Oct. 12 for students with TRICARE coverage.
Kaiser Permanente and Walgreens will be at the SDSU clinics to process students who have insurance. SDSU spokeswoman La Monica Everett-Haynes said students without insurance will receive the vaccine for free from county nurses there.
The vaccine costs $154 per dose, and students will need to get a second dose in a month.
Meningococcal bacteria can be spread through intimate contact like kissing and sharing objects that come in contact with a person's mouth, such as food and lipstick. County health officials said there have been 10 reported cases of meningococcal disease in the county this year, the highest reported number since 2013.
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