Health Officials Recommend Meningitis B Vaccine For College Students

Students at several metro Atlanta colleges and technical schools will head back to class this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends they have a Meningitis B vaccine.

The bacteria the vaccine aims to prevent is called neisseria meningitidis, serogroup B. It can cause invasive meningococcal disease, which can lead to Meningitis and Septicemia (blood poisoning).

“[Meningitis B is] a very serious disease, although it is uncommon,” says Dr. Leonard Friedland, vice president and director of scientific affairs and public health at GSK Vaccines. “But when it occurs, anywhere from 10-15 percent of people will die from this illness.”

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