Vaccines Available to Help Students Fight Meningitis Outbreaks

By Danielle Wirsansky on August 28, 2019

College asks a lot of you. You have classes to attend, homework to finish, a job to maintain, and a social life to uphold. All of this can wear on your body and make it more susceptible to disease. And college campuses can be hotbeds for diseases, especially viruses. This includes meningitis.

Meningitis might sound like a disease from a bygone era, something people no longer catch, you would be dead wrong. While it is still uncommon, because it is still a bacteria-based disease, it does break out on college campuses across the country, according to a recent press release.

Studies by the CDC have proven that meningitis is a scourge across campuses, showing “From 2011 through March 2019, meningitis B caused all US college meningococcal outbreaks, involving 13 campuses, 50 cases, and two deaths among an at-risk population of approximately 253,000 students. A number of colleges and universities have taken a stand against the disease, recommending or requiring that incoming students get vaccinated before the school year.”

This virus is particularly dangerous for college students because of how quickly it can progress. It can be life-threatening.

That is where GSK comes in. GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. They are helping to raise awareness about meningitis and the vaccines that exist to prevent it. There are two different types of vaccines available to help protect against the five-vaccine preventable groups of meningitis – A, C, W, Y, and B.4

Many students may have received a meningitis ACWY vaccine, but may not have received a meningitis B vaccine since it only became available starting in 2014. Talk to your doctor to see if you have been vaccinated and if getting vaccinated might be in your best interest.

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Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre, a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History, and an MA in Modern European History with a minor in Public History. While a graduate student, she served as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President/Artistic Director of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), (associate editor), (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor). Danielle has been lucky to be writing for Uloop since 2015 and to have served as the FSU Campus Editor since 2015.

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