What is Meningococcal Meningitis?
Bacterial Meningitis is a bacterial infection that invades the cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It is spread by direct contact with infected individuals and through infected droplets in the air.
The meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) protects against some types of meningitis. Two doses are currently recommended to decrease the risk of disease with the first vaccination ideally at age 11-12 years with a booster dose at age 16 years. Vaccination does not guarantee complete protection because of the variety of strains of meningitis.
The vaccine has minimal side effects such as soreness at the injection site. A small percent of people develop a slight fever. If a persistent fever develops, call your health care provider.
Who Should Get the Vaccine?
The meningococcal meningitis vaccine is recommended for college students living in residence halls.
Where Can I Get the Vaccine?
UHCS offers the Meningitis vaccine (MCV4). Pricing can be found on the price list page.
What if I am looking for a Meningitis B vaccine?
We do not offer the Meningitis B vaccine at UH&CS. Nursing staff are happy to work with you to find local resources. Please send a message to Nurse Immunization if you need assistance.