College students at 3.5 times higher risk for meningitis B

Although the incidence of meningococcal disease has steadily declined in the United States since the 1990s, adolescents and young adults remain at an increased risk for meningococcal disease. College freshmen living in residence halls, though not college students overall, have previously been identified as being at an increased risk for meningococcal disease compared with young adults of the same age who are not in college. College students ages 18-24 are more than three times at risk for the potentially deadly serogroup B meningococcal disease (meningitis B) when compared with non-college students, according to a study published in the January 2019 issue of Pediatrics.

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Is the Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine Something You Need to Strongly Consider for your College-Bound Patients?

The current meningococcal conjugate vaccine that covers serogroups A, C, W, and Y is recommended for freshmen entering college who will be living in close quarters, such as dormitories. But just how prevalent are these serotypes in adolescents and young adults who have meningococcal disease, and what about serogroup B, for which a vaccine is now available? Most insurers do cover this vaccine even if a Category B recommendation, and thus Drs. Marquez and Kaplan encourage us to at least educate families about the MenB vaccine with the hope that students and their care providers can then make an informed decision that will hopefully result in greater administration of this vaccine, and in turn an even lower prevalence of this life-threatening organism.

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College students at heightened risk for lethal meningitis B infections

College students may be much more likely than others in their age group to develop a rare but potentially fatal type of bacterial infection that can be prevented with vaccination, a U.S. study suggests. Among young adults ages 18 to 24, college students are more than three times as likely to be infected with meningococcal disease serogroup B, researchers found. These bacteria can enter the bloodstream and lead to severe swelling in the brain and spinal cord. Even though the relatively new MenB vaccine helps protect against this strain, it isn’t widely used or recommended for all teens or college students, the study team notes in Pediatrics.

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Deadly Meningitis B Targets College Students

College students face a much higher risk for the deadly bacterial infection meningitis B. Investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that students who were aged 18 to 24 were 3.5 times more likely to contract meningitis B than their peers who were not in school. The finding highlights the urgent need to ensure that all students get vaccinated against the disease before they head off to a university.

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Meningococcal B Required For Registration

As of July 1, the Meningococcal B vaccine has been added to the list of required immunizations for a student attending a state educational institution in Indiana. Without receiving the vaccine, students may not be able to register for classes. Though cases of Meningococcal infection are not that common, college students are especially susceptible to contracting the disease. Men. B spreads well in areas where people live in close proximity to each other, and college dorms are prime areas for the disease to spread.

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Clio parents get warning about viral meningitis case

The Clio School District posted a letter on it's Facebook page saying a person at Carter Middle School has been diagnosed with viral meningitis. The school district says the person will not be back in the building until a doctor has provided clearance to return. As a precaution, the custodial staff disinfected surfaces at Carter Middle School last night in addition to the normal nightly cleaning procedures.

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Health Officials: Living In Dorms Increases Risk Of Bacterial Meningitis

The vaccine for the serogroup B meningitis is currently recommended for college students but not required under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, but that may change. “We've been dealing as a country with these meningitis B outbreaks for the last three or four years," said Cartter, “and this is a real active area of discussion, as to whether to add this to the required list.”

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Bill to Ensure Adequate Defense against Meningitis on NJ College Campuses Advances

Aiming to help protect students at New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities from meningitis outbreaks, the Assembly Health and Senior Services committee approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Monday. The bill was introduced in January and now awaits consideration by the full Assembly.  It would take effect on September 1 following the date of enactment.

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Medical Examiner: TCC student died from acute meningitis in November

A Tallahassee Community College student found unresponsive in her apartment last month died of acute meningitis, according to the District 2 Medical Examiner’s Office. On Nov. 6, Tallahassee police responded to the West 10 Luxury Apartments on West Tennessee Street in reference to an unconscious woman. First responders immediately provided medical attention to Jessie Melcolm.

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NJ meningitis B bill advances, requires vaccination for on-campus students at Rutgers

A bill progressing in the New Jersey State Legislature would require Rutgers students living on campus to receive meningitis B vaccinations. The Assembly Health and Senior Services committee approved the bipartisan legislation yesterday, which would revise the requirement for residential students at four-year colleges to receive immunization against meningococcal disease to comply with recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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CCSU student infected with meningitis on campus

A Central Connecticut State University student was infected with meningitis on the college campus, state officials say. The Connecticut Department of Public Health confirmed meningitis in at least one student at the campus in New Britain on Monday. A state laboratory confirmed the student was infected with meningococcal meningitis B.

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Student sickened by bacterial meningitis at CCSU, school says

A case of bacterial meningitis, a potentially life-threatening disease, has seriously sickened a student at Central Connecticut State University, university President Zulma R. Toro said. Although college students typically receive a vaccine for meningitis, it only protects against four of the five types of Neisseria meningitidis, the bacteria that causes the disease. This student’s illness stems from the fifth type, called serogroup B, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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Don't forget about meningitis B: UHS encouraging students to get vaccinated

In September 2018, one student living on campus at University Park was diagnosed with meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B. College students in close living environments may be especially at risk for the disease. While Penn State currently requires students living in University housing to be immunized against serogroups A, C, Y and W through the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, the University strongly recommends that students also receive the meningitis B vaccine.

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Confirmed Meningitis Case At Central CT State University

A case of bacterial meningitis was confirmed at Central Connecticut State University. A student contracted the disease. The state Department of Health confirmed the student was infected with meningococcal meningitis, serogroup B, which isn't easily transmittable from person to person. Those who were in close personal contact with the student have been given preventative treatment.

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College Student In Connecticut Diagnosed With Meningitis

A college student in Connecticut has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, the university announced on Monday. "We are working with CCSU officials and local health departments to investigate what thus far is a single case of meningitis in a CCSU student and to ensure that people who have come into close contact with the patient receive antibiotics as a precautionary measure," the Department of Health announced. "Our State Laboratory today confirmed that the student was infected with meningococcal meningitis, serogroup B."

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Health: What Is Bacterial Meningitis? Exposure Reported At Duke University

Meningitis is a serious condition where the membranes around your brain and spinal cord become inflamed. While it may be triggered by a viral infection, it can also be caused by a bacterial infection which was said to be serious and possibly life-threatening. On Monday night, it was announced an undergraduate student from Duke University had tested positive for bacterial meningitis. The student has been admitted to the hospital.

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Duke student hospitalized with bacterial meningitis

Officials with Duke University announced they are working to contact individuals who may have come in close contact with a Duke undergraduate recently admitted to the hospital with a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis. Dr. John Vaughn, director of Student Health Services, and Dr. Cameron Wolfe, associate professor of medicine in the infectious disease division, sent a message to students who may have had contact with the student, updating them about the situation and advising that they may want to take an antibiotic “as a preventative measure to lower the risk even further.”

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