Meningococcal disease, also known as meningitis, is a rare but serious illness. Young adults are at a higher risk for meningitis, especially those in living in close quarters such as residence halls or Greek housing.
For full protection against meningitis, we strongly recommend you receive both the standard meningitis vaccine and the meningitis type B vaccine, especially if you are under age 25 and live in a residence hall or Greek housing. The type B vaccine covers a recent bacteria strain not included in the standard 4-strain vaccine you may have received as an adolescent.
CHS provides the standard meningitis vaccine as well as the type B vaccine.
The type B vaccine covers the recent bacteria strain not included in the standard 4-strain vaccine that many students received as adolescents. We provide the standard meningitis vaccine as well as the type B vaccine.
Symptoms of meningitis include:
- Light sensitivity
- Severe headache
- Stiff neck
- Rash (flat, dark purple spots on arms, legs, then torso)
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Feeling very drowsy or weak
Reduce the Spread
Bacteria spreads when there is close or prolonged contact with an infected person. The primary means for meningococcal bacteria to spread is through respiratory secretions.
To reduce the spread of meningitis:
- Get vaccinated
- Avoid kissing
- Avoid smoking
- Practice respiratory etiquette
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Use hand sanitizer
- Do not share eating utensils, lipstick or lip balm, tissues, water bottles or toothbrushes