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Princeton University to offer students meningitis vaccine in response to outbreak

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 00:58

Nov. 19 - There have been seven cases of meningitis at Princeton University since this spring. The vaccine will be available to students starting in December. Linda So reports.

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Students at Princeton University are dealing with a health scare. SOUNDBITE: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY STUDENT BRENAEA FAIRCHILD, SAYING: "It's a little frightening to know that meningitis is going around your campus." Since March, there have been 7 cases of meningitis at Princeton. It's prompting University officials to start offering the vaccine in December. The vaccine which protects against Meningitis B, a rare strain of the disease, has been approved in Europe but not in the U.S. The FDA recommends making an exception to try to stop the spread. SOUNDBITE: DR. NEIL FISHMAN WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL, SAYING: "They would offer the vaccine to the student body, usually it takes about two weeks to develop an effective immune response." Meningitis is a bacterial disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It can progress very quickly and spreads through close contact. SOUNDBITE: DR. WILLIAM SCHAFFNER WITH VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, SAYING: "The person can become semi comatose or even comatose and this can happen within a matter of hours. So it's a very serious infection." Six of the seven patients who contracted meningitis at the University have recovered. One male student remains in the hospital.

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Princeton University to offer students meningitis vaccine in response to outbreak

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 00:58