The following message was distributed to the OSU community on January 5, 2018, and is available in ArabicChinese and Spanish.

Oregon State Corvallis students,

Please act immediately and be vaccinated against meningococcal B disease at mass vaccination clinics to be held on the OSU Corvallis campus.

All OSU Corvallis students age 25 and under must be vaccinated against meningococcal B.

Next week’s vaccination clinics will be held on campus in partnership with Fred Meyer Pharmacy.

Clinic Information:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 9, through Saturday, Jan. 13

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

  • Check-in: SEC Plaza outside the Memorial Union

Do not delay. The vaccination requires multiple doses, which must be completed by Feb. 15. Doses must be given a month apart. This means that you must start the process as soon as possible if you have not already done so. You will not be able to register for spring term classes or receive your final grades for winter term without receiving the requisite doses.

There are two meningococcal B vaccines. For details regarding this vaccination requirement, please visit the Student Health Services website: GetTheVax.oregonstate.edu. Information regarding exemptions for this vaccination requirement will be available on the website on Monday, Jan. 8.

This new requirement results from a sixth OSU undergraduate student since November 2016 being diagnosed with this disease.

Meningococcal disease is uncommon, but it is a serious disease. In 10 to 15 percent of all cases, death may result as was the case with a University of Oregon student in 2015. In 20 percent of cases, hearing loss, mental impairment and limb loss can result.

In addition to campus clinics, you may contact your primary care physician, a local pharmacy or urgent care medical center and schedule a vaccination appointment.

Students are responsible for contacting their health insurance carrier to determine if your plan covers vaccines given by Fred Meyer pharmacists. When speaking with an insurance representative, mention that the OSU Corvallis campus has been designated an “outbreak” status by federal, state and county public health officials. Please bring all of your health insurance cards, including any prescription coverage cards, to the clinic.

If you do not have insurance, you are encouraged to attend the vaccine clinic. Staff members will be available to provide options, including the Oregon Health Plan. It is important that all students be vaccinated, regardless of insurance coverage.

Recently enacted legislation requires Oregon’s private insurers to cover the cost of vaccines deemed necessary during an outbreak. You can find a summary of this policy under the Updates section of the Oregon Health Authority’s Meningococcal Information for College Communities web page. If you have challenges with obtaining coverage through your insurer, connect with patient advocates at 1-888-877-4894 or email cp.ins@oregon.gov. Regardless of your insurance status, it is essential that you immediately take the time to be vaccinated if you have not already done so.

During this outbreak, health officials encourage everyone to monitor their own health and note the following symptoms specific to this disease: high fever, a rash, headache, stiff neck, exhaustion, nausea or vomiting. If these symptoms develop, seek prompt medical evaluation and be sure to mention your attendance at OSU and that there is a disease outbreak on campus.

Thank you for being vaccinated against meningococcal B disease.

Sincerely,

Dan Larson
Interim Vice Provost
Student Affairs

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