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News and Notes: Meningitis B vaccine clinics to be held March 26-27

Both doses of the meningitis B vaccine will be offered to eligible undergraduate and graduate students on March 26 and 27 in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room, from 1 p.m to 7 p.m.

Approximately 91 percent of University students have already received the vaccine during the first distribution of the first dose. 4,404 students have received the second dose of the vaccine, with 305 students receiving the vaccine during the prior month, according to reports from the University.

The University has stressed that two vaccinations are necessary for full immunity against meningitis B.

While the University has inoculated a majority of the eligible population with both doses of the vaccine, it remains unclear whether immunity also prevents asymptomatic carriers from transmitting the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that a female student from Drexel University who died on March 10 died from the same meningitis strain present at the University.

Stephanie Ross was reportedly in close contact with a Princeton football player a week before her death. The football player had received both doses of the vaccine.

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