OSU holds immunization clinics following meningococcal outbreak

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A meningococcal b strain outbreak has been declared on the Oregon State University campus, and now a clinic is being held to vaccinate students.

The school says three confirmed cases in a 12-month period is declared an outbreak, and they say they just got a third this month.

The clinic kicked off Tuesday at the McAlexander Fieldhouse on Jefferson Avenue and Benton Way.

The school says thousands of people are expected to visit.

“It's not as contagious as the flu,” said Benton County Health Deputy Director Charlie Fautin, “nevertheless, they're quite dangerous for the people who do contract it so we're making a recommendation and hope that as many undergrads as possible take advantage of this to protect themselves because this is a potentially fatal disease. Even people that don't die can have very very serious complications."

Fautin says this new vaccine is very effective, but it's not a one-and-done; it's a two-part series, and they're having another clinic in a month for the second round.

Fautin also recommends students come prepared with insurance information.

For those who don't have insurance he says the school has taken measures to make sure all the vaccinations are covered.

The clinic runs again Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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