Purdue University and Indiana University announced starting in the fall semester, incoming students will be required to receive the meningitis B vaccine.
“Meningitis B makes up for 50% of all meningococcal cases in the U.S. and 100% of college outbreaks since 2011. In Indiana, 70% of meningitis cases are actually caused by meningitis B. To be fully protected against the five most common types of the disease, students are encouraged to get both the MenACWY and MenB vaccinations.”
“My sister passed away 30 years ago from meningitis B very quickly and very suddenly,” Dr. Karla Loken said. Because college campuses are poised for outbreaks with close quartered living, sharing utensils and kissing, she says prevention before college is key.
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