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OSU Orders Meningitis Vaccinations To Fight Outbreak


Oregon State University is requiring all students 25 and younger to be vaccinated for meningitis by Feb. 15, 2018.

Oregon State University is requiring all students 25 and younger to be vaccinated for meningitis by Feb. 15, 2018.

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Oregon health officials urged Oregon State University students to get vaccinations for the meningococcal B disease during winter break after a sixth case of the illness was reported this month.

OSU officials and representatives from the Oregon Health Authority told reporters Wednesday, Dec. 20, that the university would require all students on the Corvallis campus 25 and younger to be vaccinated for the disease by Feb. 15.

“In light of the university’s new vaccination requirement, most OSU students remain unvaccinated and their time over the holidays might be the best opportunity for them to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Paul Cieslak, the health authority’s medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations.

Cieslak said the state declared in February an outbreak of the illness in Corvallis, and the most recent case shows the need for action to prevent further spread of the disease.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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