The office of Student Health services will be offering vaccines for bacterial meningococcal meningitis on Thursday September 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in SAC room 302.
Meningitis is a disease that can be debilitating, and, in some cases, fatal.
It can lead to permanent disabilities such as hearing loss and brain damage.
Meningitis is a rare disease, but about one-third of the cases occur on college campuses, and freshman are at a slightly higher risk than other students are.
Factors statistically associated with this risk are close living quarters, smoking, alcohol consumption, and frequent bar patronage, according to the Director of Student Health Services, Ilene Moore.
Student Health Services is urging all students to consider getting the vaccine.
The cost for the vaccination will be $85 and can be paid either with a credit card or can be billed to the student’s home address.