Immunization clinic planned for Oregon State after 4th case of meningococcal B in one year

After a confirmed case of meningococcal b strain, Oregon State University plans to hold a vaccination clinic. (SBG photo)

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Test have confirmed that an Oregon State University undergraduate fell ill from the serogroup B meningococcal disease, the fourth such illness among students there in the past year.

The university said last week that the student was ill and tests were be conducted to confirm the strain.

An immunization clinic has been scheduled for next week.

"We understand that any news about meningococcal disease is concerning," said Steve Clark, vice president of University Relations at Oregon State University. "We are doing all that we can to ensure our students have access to important information about meningitis symptoms and to vaccines to prevent the disease. Meanwhile, our thoughts and support are with our ill student for a full recovery and return to school."

The Benton County Health Department is working to identify and contact anyone who may have had enough close exposure to require preventive antibiotic treatment.

"Students must be vigilant about monitoring their health," said Bill Emminger, Benton County Health Department. "Catching early signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease can be a crucial factor in prevention. "Standard preventive measures against cold and flu, such as hand washing and not sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses, will go a long way to prevent transmission of meningococcal disease."

The university is organizing vaccine clinics this month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine for anyone 10 years or older identified as being at increased risk.

Meningococcal B Immunization Clinic

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Memorial Union Multi-Purpose Room 13
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Immunizations Offered: Meningococcal (MCV4) or Meningococcal B

Immunization Clinic

Tuesday, Nov. 21
Memorial Union Journey Room 104
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Immunizations Offered: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Varicella (Chickenpox), Hepatitis, Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (Tdap), Meningococcal (MCV4) and Meningococcal B

Student Health Services and the Student Health Pharmacy will also continue to provide students meningococcal B vaccines at Student Health Service in Plageman Hall, 108 S.W. Memorial Place.

Other health care providers in the community have the meningococcal B vaccine on request.

Symptoms of meningococcal disease may include: high fever, headache, stiff neck, exhaustion, nausea, rash, and vomiting.

Anyone with these symptoms should immediately visit their primary care physician or a nearby urgent care medical clinic or emergency room, Benton County Health said in a statement.

More information on meningococcal disease is available by calling the Oregon State Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at (541) 737-2724 or Benton County Health Department communicable disease nurses at (541) 766-6835 or by visiting the Oregon State and Oregon Health Authority websites.

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