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Undergraduates 23 and Younger Strongly Recommended to Get MenB Vaccine, Clinics Offered

San Diego County Public Health Services will offer the MenB vaccine during clinics to be held at SDSU on Oct. 5 and Oct. 8.
By SDSU News Team

All undergraduates aged 23 and younger are highly encouraged to be fully immunized with the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine. The county and SDSU are monitoring a current outbreak and ask that the campus community review the recommended treatment information, as well as a list of FAQs.

The following message was sent to students, faculty and staff. 

All San Diego State University undergraduate students aged 23 and younger who have not been fully immunized with the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine are strongly recommended to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

Fully immunized means having received all doses required for the MenB, a multi-dose series. For those who have received only one vaccine dose, it is important to complete the series to improve protection. Immunization is still recommended for all of those under age 24 who received Cipro(R) (ciprofloxacin) due to possible exposure as a close contact in early September. 

Options for MenB Immunization

We want to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible to minimize the risk. Multiple ways to get vaccinated, both on and off campus, exist: 
  • Students should promptly contact their healthcare provider to explore MenB vaccination options. 
  • Students with health insurance may contact a local pharmacy to receive the vaccine (call ahead to make sure the MenB vaccine is available and your insurance is accepted; if not accepted, call your insurance to find pharmacies that take your insurance). 
  • Students can attend a vaccination clinic (details below) hosted by San Diego County Public Health Services and SDSU on Friday, October 5, and Monday, October 8. 

Vaccination Clinic Details 

Only enrolled undergraduate students aged 23 and younger who choose to be vaccinated will be allowed entry; students may bring a friend or family member for support, if desired. San Diego County Public Health Services will be on site to administer vaccines and will only be providing students with their first dose of the MenB vaccine. 

Studies have shown that, among college students, rates of meningococcal infection are higher among those who live in on-campus residential communities. For this reason, San Diego County Public Health Services is prioritizing the administration of MenB vaccine to student's currently in this higher risk group. 

San Diego County Public Health Services has secured partnerships with Kaiser Permanente and Walgreens and are continuing to enlist the support of community partners to provide broader vaccinations to our campus community. 

Clinics will be held Friday, Oct. 5, and Monday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Viejas Arena. Students will need to bring their RedID card and identification that indicates the students date of birth.

Important note: Prior to arrival, please review the FAQs online:

Students are asked to enter Viejas Arena through the PK 13 entrance, located on the north end of the arena, directly across from parking structure/PK 12. View the exact location online.

Information for Other Groups

San Diego County Public Health Services currently does not recommend those who are aged 24 and above and also SDSU graduate students, faculty or staff receive the meningococcal vaccine, unless they are at increased risk, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines online: