New England College mandates meningitis vaccine

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New England College joined the ranks of just 13 other colleges and universities throughout the country that have made it mandatory for that all incoming students be vaccinated for meningitis B.

September 30, 2018
New Hampshire Union Leader

SUMMARY

This year, New England College joined the ranks of just 13 other colleges and universities throughout the country that have made it mandatory for that all incoming students be vaccinated for meningitis B. 

Meningitis B is a subgroup of meningococcal disease, a serious bacterial infection that attacks the lining of the brain and spinal cord. While early symptoms like fever and body aches can mirror the flu, meningococcal disease progresses quickly and can result in serious complications or death if left untreated. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 2,600 people in the United States contract meningococcal disease each year and 10 to 15 percent will die of it. 

The vaccine for strains A, C, W, and Y has been available for some time, but the meningitis B vaccine was only introduced in 2014. 

The timing has resulted in many teens and young adults going unvaccinated for the disease, which has led the CDC to identify people ages 16 through 23 as being at an increased risk of contracting the virus.

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Emma Harrison