Meningitis B is a life-threatening disease caused by bacteria that affects the lining of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to infecting the bloodstream.
Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache and stiff neck. It also can present with symptoms similar to the flu and will often cause nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, rash and confusion. It is important to obtain prompt medical attention at the onset of any of these symptoms.
Meningitis B can spread from person to person through close contact (coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact, especially among people living in the same household.
There have been recent outbreaks of Meningitis B at Princeton University, Santa Barbara, University of Oregon and Santa Clara.
The Meningitis B vaccine is strongly recommended by ASU Health Services, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The Meningitis B vaccine only became available in 2015 and is distinct from the standard Meningitis vaccine, and both of these vaccinations are important to maintaining optimal health as a student.
All ASU students are encouraged to get the Meningitis B vaccination. If you are a student under the age of 24, or living in the residence halls or participating in groups including sports teams, fraternities and sororities, you are strongly recommended to receive the vaccination at the beginning of the semester.
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