About the Meningitis Vaccination
Medical Directive 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.
fter reviewing the CDC data regarding the schedule for meningococcal vaccine, the Point Park University Medical Office believes that it is imperative to err on the side of caution; therefore, the following criteria will be enforced for our enrollees:
- All students will be vaccinated prior to residing in student housing at Point Park University, preferably with Menactra.
- Students need to provide proof of vaccination to the Student Health Center. Documentation must include the date and type of vaccine received (i.e. 5-year Menactra or 3-year Menomune).
- If the Student Health Center is unable to determine which type of vaccine the student has received, we will assume that such students have been protected with the 3-year meningococcal vaccine.
- All students must maintain continuous coverage against bacterial meningococcal meningitis as long as they are enrolled and living in multi-student environments.
Jeffrey L. Reasbeck, MD
Medical Director, Point Park University
Physician, UPMC Corporate Health Program
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.