Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is meningococcal meningitis?
  • What causes meningococcal meningitis?
  • How many people contract meningococcal meningitis each year? How many people die as a result?
  • How is meningococcal meningitis spread?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • Who is at risk?
  • How often do outbreaks occur in the population at large? On college campuses?
  • Is one type of serogroup of meningococcal meningitis more common in college students?
  • Does the CDC recommend vaccination for college students?
  • Why should college students consider vaccination with the meningococcal vaccine?
  • Who should consider being vaccinated?
  • How effective is the vaccine?
  • Is the vaccine safe? Are there adverse side effects to the vaccine?
  • What is the duration of protection?
  • Does the University of San Diego offer the meningococcal meningitis vaccine on campus?
  • What is the cost of the meningococcal vaccine?
  • What is prophylactic treatment and who should receive it?
  • Should a student have a throat culture to check for presence of meningococcal infection?
  • Who can students and parents contact for additional information on meningococcal meningitis and the vaccine?

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Phone: (619) 260-2222

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