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Published On: Fri, Dec 13th, 2013

Princeton inoculates 91 percent of eligible University members

After four days of a vaccine clinic at  the Frist Campus Center at Princeton University, school officials say that 5,268 eligible individuals, or 91 percent of the University community received the first dose of Bexsero, the unlicensed vaccine for meningococcal meningitis serogroup B.

Photo/CDC/ Debora Cartagena

Photo/CDC/ Debora Cartagena

“We are delighted that so many of our students followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to receive the first dose of the vaccine,” Vice President for Campus Life Cynthia Cherrey said. “That being said, it is important that students get the second dose in February to maximize their protection. We are grateful for the work of the many University offices, outside agencies and other partners who continue to diligently support our efforts to limit the spread of meningitis on campus.”

“With the support of University, state and local officials, the vaccination campaign ran seamlessly and expectations were exceeded regarding the number vaccinated,” said Dr. Manisha Patel of the CDC’s Meningitis and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Branch. “However, it’s critical that everyone who got this first dose return for their second dose to boost and maintain individual protection, and accomplish our goal of preventing additional cases.”

Since March, there have been eight cases of meningococcal disease associated with University students and a student visitor, all of which were caused by meningococcal bacteria known as serogroup B.

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