Acadia University's meningitis vaccine numbers released

More than four out of every five on-campus students at Acadia University have received the first dose of meningococcal meningitis strain B vaccine.

An additional clinic will be held Friday for students who haven't received their first dose

Clinics for the second vaccination dose will begin March 30. (CBC)

More than four out of every five on-campus students at Acadia University have received the first dose of meningococcal meningitis strain B vaccine.

The university had what public health officials called “an institutional outbreak” when two cases of the same strain of meningococcal meningitis occurred among people at the university.

One student died as a result of the illness, while another had to be hospitalized.

Eighty-four per cent of the 3,500 on-campus students have received the shot. A small number of faculty and staff who met the criteria for being at a high risk of contracting meningitis received the vaccination too.

Public health officials say they are very pleased with the turnout.

On Friday an additional clinic will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fountain Commons for students who have not yet received the first vaccination dose.

Clinics for the second vaccination dose will begin March 30.

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