CDC says Princeton students will get overseas vaccine
ATLANTA (CBS46) -
The CDC made the call Monday afternoon to approve a European tested vaccine to help attack Meningitis B here in the United States.
The Atlanta-based agency said the recent cases at Princeton University and UC Santa Barbara are both classified as outbreaks since each has three or more cases that are not related in a three-month period.
Princeton undergraduate students get the vaccine when they return from the Thanksgiving holiday.
The campus has seven confirmed case plus one still being tested.
Dr. Amanda Cohn with the CDC said students should not curtail their holiday plans and their families shouldn't worry.
"Fortunately the disease is harder to spread than other diseases, since it's not spread by casual contact," said Cohn.
Students everywhere are reminded to not share cups or utensils.
Cohn said the manufacturer of the overseas vaccine did not set out to test it the U.S. because there are so few cases here.
That's also why it's not being recommended for use at UC Santa Barbara at this time since there are only three cases there.
Symptoms include a really bad headache, fever and stiff neck.
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Thursday, March 27 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:56:41 GMT
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