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The meningitis vaccine is available at:
The Allegheny County Health Department
425 First Ave., Pittsburgh, PA. 15213
4th Floor (Entrance on Cherry Way)
M-T-Th-F 9:00-4:00 Wednesday 1:00-8:00
Rite Aid Pharmacy
5990 University Blvd. Moon Twp. PA 15108
Heritage Valley Convenient Care
100 Hazel Lane, Sewickley, PA 15143
Ohio Valley General Hospital|
Infection Control located on 2nd floor
25 Heckel Road, McKees Rocks, PA. 15136
Monday through Friday: 9:00-5:00
Directions to County Health
At the main entrance to the college, make a left turn onto University Blvd. Follow road to fourth light. Make a left onto Airport Pkwy. Merge onto PA-60 S. Road turns into US-30 E. Follow through tunnels, and across bridge. Take Forbes Ave. exit toward Oakland. Stay straight to go onto Forbes Ave. County health office will be on the left, next to Arby's. Across the street from CVS Pharmacy.
College students are at increased risk for meningococcal disease, a potentially fatal bacterial infection commonly referred to as meningitis. In fact, freshmen living in residence halls are found to have a six-fold increased risk for the disease. The American College Health Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that college students learn more about meningitis and vaccination. At least 70% of all cases of meningococcal disease in college students are vaccine preventable.
At least one dose is required on or after the 16th birthday.
- What is meningococcal meningitis? It is a potentially fatal bacterial disease that causes swelling of fluid surrounding the brain and spinal column. It can also lead to permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation , and even death, see www.vaccineinformation.org. and www.immunize.org.
- Meningitis on Campus. Getting students vaccinated. Lynn Bozof, President of the National Meningitis Association, tells her personal story about the death of her son: http://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2014/01/21/meningitis-campus-getting-students-vaccinated.
- Robert Morris University will now require, beginning with the Fall 2014 semester that all residential students receive the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY).
To learn more about meningitis and the vaccine, visit websites of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo, and the American College Health Association, www.acha.org.