Meningitis Clinic at Oregon State 1 (copy)

Oregon State student Brierre Marshall, 20, of Philomath gets vaccinated for meningococcus B in January. The university is reporting high vaccination rates after it made the shots mandatory in an effort to halt a campus outbreak of meningococcal disease.

Oregon State University will hold three days of vaccination clinics this week in a bid to end an outbreak of meningococcal disease on campus.

Held in partnership with Fred Meyer Pharmacy, the clinics will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday in the Memorial Union. Check-in is next door, in the Student Experience Center Plaza.

All OSU students age 25 or younger must complete a full course of vaccinations for meningococcus B by Thursday or they will not be allowed to register for spring classes.

More than 6,000 students got shots in a similar round of clinics last month, the university announced on Monday. So far, 48 percent of OSU students 25 or younger have been vaccinated for the disease, but that leaves more than 9,000 who have yet to show documentation that they have received a final dose.

Six OSU students have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease since the outbreak began in November 2016. The illness, which mainly afflicts young people, is fatal in 10 to 15 percent of cases, and 20 percent of survivors suffer permanent effects such as hearing loss, mental impairment or amputation.

Meningococcal disease can mimic the flu, but major symptoms include high fever, rash, stiff neck, headache, exhaustion, nausea or vomiting. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

 

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