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Emergency meningitis vaccine for Princeton University students

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Princeton University located in New Jersey has begun meningitis vaccinations for all students this Monday. The unapproved shots were made an exception amidst an outbreak of cases on campus since March, according to NBC News reports on Dec. 9.

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Seven cases has affected students at the university with the dangerous meningitis B strain – a strain not protected in current meningitis vaccines nor are they made available in the U.S.

Government health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the decision ask for special exception for Bexsero – the vaccine that will cover the meningitis B strain – to be imported to protect the approximately 6,000 Ivy League students in New Jersey.

Bexsero is only approved for use in Europe, Australia, and Canada.

According to NBC News, "Bexsero has been submitted for consideration in the U.S. by its maker, Novartis with no decisions made to date."

Princeton University will have their on-campus clinic open noon – 8 p.m. beginning Monday – Thursday for students to receive their initial dose.

Students are to receive a second dose next February 2014; all shots are free of charge and fully paid for by Princeton University.

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