AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass officials are urging all students to get vaccinated against meningitis after two students were infected with the same strain, leading to UMass declaring the outbreak on Tuesday.
UMass Health Services Director Dr. George Corey told 22News the group that they want to target are undergraduate students and graduate students living with undergraduates. He said that group is considered to be the most at risk.
Meningititis is an infection that affects the lining of the brain and spinal cord and can lead to long-term disability and even death. The vaccine is a two-shot vaccination and requires students to return for the second vaccine in 30 days.
Dr. Corey told 22News UMass has access to enough vaccines for every student on campus.
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