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Published On: Fri, Dec 13th, 2013

UCSB: CDC will make meningitis B vaccine available ‘if the circumstances of this outbreak warrant its use’

Just as the vaccine clinics at Princeton opened this Monday to immunize undergraduates and select others against the outbreak strain of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B, the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) addressed the issue of the use of the unlicensed vaccine at their campus.

Public domain image/Mikael Häggström

Public domain image/Mikael Häggström

In addition, at least one article reported that parents of students at the University of California, Santa Barbara are asking why the vaccine hasn’t been made available to them.

“The University has been providing the currently approved vaccine to students and has urged all students to check their records and get a booster if they have not had their most recent dose at age 16 or above. Unfortunately, the approved vaccine is not effective in preventing the serogroup B strain found in the recent UCSB cases”, they said Monday.

Then comparing the situation at UCSB to Princeton, they note, “CDC will work to make the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine available at UCSB if the circumstances of this outbreak warrant its use. While this option is being used at Princeton University, it is important to understand that each outbreak is unique and expanding access for use of a vaccine that is not licensed in the United States requires careful deliberation every time it is considered.

” The decision to use serogroup B vaccine is a multi-step process, and that process is currently underway. The steps being taken at UCSB are similar to those that took place in advance of the decision to vaccinate at Princeton. Samples of the bacteria have been sent for testing to ensure that the vaccine would protect against the strain causing the outbreak at UCSB.”

“We remain in constant contact with the CDC and local public health officials, who are monitoring the situation at Princeton and UC Santa Barbara closely. If the CDC determines it is necessary to pursue the unlicensed vaccine, the University will work closely with public health officials to move forward.”

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