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Published On: Mon, Dec 9th, 2013

Princeton vaccinates hundreds on first day with meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero

According to Princeton University, as of  4:30 p.m today, 1,261 individuals were vaccinated to help protect against meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B bacteria.

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In a news release from the school’s Office of Communications, during the first hour of the clinic, lines to receive the vaccine moved steadily and students reported reasonable wait times.

One student noted, “I was happy the University gave such thoughtful consideration to making this vaccine available, and coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to provide the vaccine on campus.”

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The vaccinations will be given, free-of-charge through Thursday, Dec. 12.

In order to receive the vaccine, individuals must present their University I.D. and sign a vaccine consent form. Students under age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the form. University community members who have problems with their spleen (including sickle cell disease) or complement pathway (a specific type of immune deficiency) should present medical documentation to University Health Services in McCosh Health Center before attending the clinic.

Since March 2013, 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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  1. UC Santa Barbara will be offering the meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero, starting Feb. 24 - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Princeton University in New Jersey got similar approval to use the unlicensed vaccine in Dec. 2013 after experiencing a declared outbreak of eight cases of the B strain of Neisseria meningitidis. […]

  2. UC Santa Barbara will be offering the meningitis … – The Global Dispatch | Custom News Cast says:

    […] Princeton University in New Jersey got similar approval to use the unlicensed vaccine in Dec. 2013 after experiencing a declared outbreak of eight cases of the B strain of Neisseria meningitidis. […]

  3. Your Name... says:

    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 http://www.musa.org and [email protected]
    Daisi Pollard Sepúlveda-Low
    National President
    Meningitis Foundation of America, Inc.
    World Meningitis Day 24 April

  4. Princeton starts mass meningitis vaccinations – USA TODAY | Amazing News says:

    […] VaccinePlanet PrincetonOver 1K get meningitis B vaccinations at PrincetonDanbury News TimesThe Global Dispatch -NBCNews.comall 194 news […]

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