MENINGITIS & FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE
October 22, 2003 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
University Student Union, Ball Rooms
COST: $90 (Meningitis),
$20 (Flu) Cash/Check/Visa/MC
Monday September 8 - Thursday September 11, 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES, ROOM 118
COST: $90 Cash/Check/Visa/MC
Services Provided by
ABOUT MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS
can I get the Meningitis Vaccine?
vaccine may also be available at little or no cost from your
physician, or HMO. Public health departments also have
the vaccine available, generally $90 with office visit charges.
at Student Health Services by arrangement, phone us.
Meningitis (Meningitis) is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding
the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is caused by the bacterium
Neisseria meningitides, a leading cause of meningitis and septicemia
(or blood poisoning) in the United States. The disease strikes
about 2,600 Americans each year.
is Meningitis disease spread?
disease is transmitted through the air via droplets of respiratory
secretions and direct contact with an infected person. Direct
contact is defined as oral contact with shared items such as cigarettes
or drinking glasses or through intimate contact such as kissing.
bacteria cannot usually live for more than a few minutes outside
the body. They are not usually transmitted in water supplies,
swimming pools, or by routine contact in classrooms, dining rooms,
restrooms, etc., where an infected individual has been.
Roommates, friends, spouses, and children who are not directly
exposed to an ill meningitis victim are not at risk.
are the Symptoms?
early symptoms usually associated with meningococcal disease include:
(greater than 101 degrees)
and severe headache
and back stiffness
(1-2 mm appearing as tiny red, purple-black spots, or larger
resembling bruises in areas such as armpits, groin and ankles).
is at Risk?
anyone can come in contact with the bacteria that causes
meningococcal disease, persons who have had intimate or direct
exposure to a meningococcal meningitis patient within seven days
are at risk for contracting meningococcal meningitis and
should seek medical care immediately.
Certain social behaviors, such as exposure to passive and
active smoking, bar patronage and excessive alcohol consumption,
may put individuals at increased risk for the disease. Two
studies have identified a slightly higher risk among freshman
dormitory residents. Patients with medical conditions
that compromise immunity (e.g., HIV, absent spleen, antibody deficiency),
and travelers to areas of the world with endemic meningococcal
disease are also at increased risk.
There a Vaccine to Prevent Meningococcal (Pre-Exposure)
there is a vaccine that will provide protection against approximately
four strains of meningococcal meningitis – groups A, C, Y, and
W-135. It does not cover meningococcal meningitis group
B. A single dose vaccination produces protective antibody
levels within 7-10 days. It is very safe and adverse reactions
are mild and infrequent, consisting primarily of redness at the
site of injection, lasting 1-2 days. (Seroconversion rates:
A 72%-99%, C 58%-99%, Y 90%-99%, W-135 82%-89%).
duration of the meningococcal vaccine’s efficacy is approximately
three to five years.
are the Risks and Possible Side Effects?
reactions to meningococcal vaccine are mild and infrequent, consisting
of localized swelling and redness lasting 1-2 days. Other
side effects reported include: headache, malaise, fever
additional information during business hours, please call (562)
985-4771 to speak with a CSULB Student Health Services staff member.
Some sites with information on meningococcal disease are:
NOTE: Student Health
Services information on this web site is designed to give you
general health information and education. They should NOT be relied
upon for personal diagnosis or treatment. Only your health care
provider is qualified to give you a medical opinion. If
you have concerns about your health, talk to your doctor or nurse
practitioner at Student Health Services, or contact your private
health care provider.
NEW IN RESIDENCE HALLS? Meningitis
Immunization information will be provided to you by Housing &