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Meningitis Updates

Update from Student Life

The following message was emailed to the campus community on February 5th, 2016 at 6:00PM.

In our regular communication with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, we were advised that a second of the SCU students infected with the meningococcal bacteria was discharged today.

Allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance as we manage the meningococcal infection on campus. Through our vaccination campaign, as of 5:00 PM today over 4,100 students have been vaccinated. Our students are coming out in large numbers to take advantage of the vaccination clinic, and while the wait time may have been challenging, receiving the vaccine is critical as a preventive measure. Given the high demand for vaccinations, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department increased the number of health providers at the clinic, and administered approximately 375 vaccines per hour during the clinic today.

Santa Clara University will open a small vaccine clinic for students from 2:00 - 6:00 PM on Saturday, Feb. 6 in Kennedy Commons and from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM on Monday, Feb. 8 in the Locatelli Center.

Additionally, Cowell Center will be open 10 AM - 4 PM on Saturday, Feb. 6, and 1:00 - 4:00 PM on Sunday, Feb. 7 to address any medical concerns our students may have. Daily updates will be posted on the Cowell Center website at https://www.scu.edu/cowell/ 

At this time, I wish to acknowledge the support and professional expertise of staff at the Public Health Department. Within an incredibly short period of time, their leadership made it possible to quickly investigate cases, treat students, mobilize a vaccination clinic and communicate critical information to the community.  Additionally, I thank our own staff who have been working around the clock and over 100 volunteers who assisted with the clinic to help ensure a safe and healthy campus.

Finally, I ask for your continued prayers for the well-being of those students affected by the meningococcal infection. I thank you for your patience and support for each other as we work aggressively with the Public Health Department to combat the spread of this disease.  

Jeanne Rosenberger
Vice Provost for Student Life