Thousands of OSU students vaccinated in Meningococcal B clinics

The clinics were held to help students meet a new requirement that they had to be vaccinated before February 15.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 1:42 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- More than 6,400 students were vaccinated for meningococcal B during five days of clinics last week at Oregon State University.

A spokesperson for the university said the clinics helped students meet the university requirement that all OSU Corvallis students 25 and under must be vaccinated against meningococcal B by Feb. 15 in order to register for classes. The vaccination requires multiple doses that must be given a month apart.

Four hundred other students got vaccinated at the OSU pharmacy.

This new requirement results from a sixth OSU undergraduate student since November 2016 being diagnosed with this disease.

Meningococcal disease is an uncommon and serious disease. In 10 to 15 percent of cases, death may result, as was the case with a University of Oregon student in 2015. In 20 percent of cases, hearing loss, mental impairment, and limb loss can result. The recently enacted legislation requires Oregon's private insurers to cover the cost of vaccines deemed necessary during an outbreak.

For details regarding this vaccination requirement, visit the Student Health Services website: GetTheVax.oregonstate.edu.

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