FREE MENINGITIS VACCINES
The UNC Student Health Medical Clinic, thanks to donations from Sierra's Race Against Meningitis, is offering FREE vaccines to anyone in the community, including students, staff and faculty, up to the age of 55. If it has been three or more years since your last meningitis vaccine it is recommended that you receive a booster dose.
Sierra Krizman, was a UNC student who passed away suddenly at the age of 20 from Meningitis. In honor of Sierra, her family, friends, and UNC partners, have worked tirelessly to provide free vaccines. Please consider sponsoring this life saving cause. Information can be found at www.SierrasRace.com
Meningococcal Meningitis is a serious and potentially fatal bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord and can lead to permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, limb amputation, kidney and heart failure, and permanent brain damage. Meningococcal bacteria are transmitted through direct contact with a person already infected with the disease. Direct contact occurs by exposure to air droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person and occurs with shared items such as cigarettes, marijuana smoking, drinking glasses, eating utensils, and intimate contact such as kissing. Meningococcal Meningitis can cause death or amputation in as little as 24 hours and is highly contagious. College students are at highest risk for contracting Meningitis. Immunization for meningitis can greatly reduce your risk.
If you are a Freshman living in student housing, you must acknowledge that you have received the vaccine. If you have elected not to have the vaccine, you must still read and acknowledge that you understand the risks of non- vaccination when you complete your housing contract. If you decline the vaccine and there is an outbreak on campus you could be excluded from UNC per Colorado Department of Public Health guidelines.
NEW MENINGITIS B VACCINE - The FDA recently approved a new meningitis vaccine that covers serogroup B Neisseria Meningitis. Currently this vaccine is not on the list of routine vaccinations but will be in the future. (You can receive the Meningitis B vaccine at King Soopers located at 2100 35th Ave Greeley, CO 80634)
For more information on meningitis and meningitis vaccines, visit the Center for Disease Control website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening-serogroup.html
You tube Meningitis video for college students from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Video Link: Princeton University students discuss recent Meningitis outbreak on campus.( Video- Courtesy of the Student Health Advisory Board, Princeton University.)