Concerning Meningococcal Vaccination
from Point Park University
Please read the following directive from Point Park University's medical director at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center regarding the meningococcal vaccine.
After reviewing the data concerning the schedule for meningococcal vaccine, we believe it is important to err on the side of caution by moving forward with the following criteria:
- All students should be vaccinated before they reside in student housing at Point Park University (preferably with the 5 year vaccine Menactra).
- Students should provide proof of vaccination. Documentation should contain the date and type of vaccine (i.e. Menactra, 5 year or Menomune, 3 year).
- If student is unable to determine type of vaccine, whether Menactra or Menomune, we are to assume they are protected with the 3 year meningococcal vaccine.
- All students should have continuous coverage as long as they are living in student housing.
- For optimal protection it is suggested as long as they are in school and living in multi-student environments that they are protected against bacterial meningococcal meningitis.
Lawrence D. Ellis, MD
Co-Director, UPMC Corporate Health Program
Medical Director, Point Park University
Learn more about Meningitis vaccines and boosters
What is Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (called meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord. The inflamation is usually due to the spread of an infection. The swelling associated with meningitis often triggers the "hallmark" signs and symptoms of this condition, including headache, fever and a stiff neck in anyone over the age of 2.
Most cases of meningitis are caused by a viral infection, but bacterial and fungal infections also can lead to meningitis. Depending on the cause of the infection, meningitis can resolve on its own in a couple of weeks — or it can be a life-threatening emergency.