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Meningitis Updates

Schedule for Free Immunizations

Meningitis B Vaccination Clinic

Santa Clara University in response to the Meningitis B cluster and in partnership with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the State of California, is hosting a Vaccination Clinic for students.

Location:  Leavey Center, Concourse Level

Dates:   Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm

                Friday, February 5, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Cost:      No cost to SCU students.  Bring your Access ID

Note:    If you are under the age of 18 years old, you must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian.

This clinic is not open to the public.

Why do students need this vaccine?

 The vaccine that most college students received when they were 11 or 12 years old and again at age 16 protects against four serogroups of meningococcal bacteria (A, C, W, Y). However, this vaccine does not provide protection against the strain of bacteria (serogroup B) that caused infection in the SCU students whose serogroup was identified. Fortunately, two vaccines against serogroup B are now licensed in the United States (Bexsero® and Trumenba®) and offer protection against infection with this strain. Because these vaccines were recently licensed in 2014 and 2015, it is unlikely that many students have received them and are protected against serogroup B infection.

Why are two injections required?

It generally takes 10 to 14 days for immunity to build; the second dose in the vaccine series should be given at least one month after the initial dose. Therefore, the vaccine does not provide immediate protection but rather builds long-term immunity.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Meningococcal disease.