Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness. Meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord. It is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children ages 2 through 18 years old in the US. College freshmen living in dormitories are at increased risk of contracting this disease. This could be due in part to close living quarters, decreased immunity from poor nutrition or lack of sleep, or from sharing drinks (Please see Vaccine Information Statement).
Meningococcal infections can be treated with antibiotics; however many people still die from this disease. That is why prevention is the key through meningococcal vaccine.
Two doses of MCV4 (Meningococcal conjugate vaccine) are recommended between the ages of 11-18: the first dose at age 12, with a booster dose at age 16. If the first dose of MCV4 is given between 13 and 15 years of age, the booster should be given between age 16-18. If the first dose of MCV4 is given after the 16th birthday, a booster is not needed. Length of immunity is not completely certain, but it is thought to last up to 5 years.
Most insurances cover the MCV4 vaccine. However, the vaccine is available at the Student Health Service at the cost of $115.00. Please print off the Meningitis Pre-Payment Form and send with payment to the address below. (Students under age 18 will need to have the Meningitis Under 18 Consent Form completed and mailed as well.)
West Liberty University
208 University Drive
College Union Box 109
West Liberty, WV 26074.
Once payment is made students will then be notified of the date/time of their injection appointment.
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