- Meningitis can be fatal within 24 to 48 hours after the first symptoms appear.
- It is estimated that 10% to 25% of people carry meningococcal bacteria at any given time, and can unknowingly spread it to others.
- Diagnosing the disease early can be difficult because initial symptoms may resemble a cold or the flu. This can delay treatment and lead to worsening of the disease.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis can cause an infection of the tissue around the brain and spinal cord or a serious blood infection.
Are college students at higher risk?
YES. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), college freshman in residence halls are at a higher risk for meningitis. They live in close conditions where bacteria can spread.
How does meningitis spread?
Common everyday activities can spread meningitis. This includes kissing, sharing utensils and drinking glasses, living in close quarters such as a dormitory or summer camp, and smoking or being exposed to smoke. Activities that can make teens feel run down may also put them at greater risk for meningitis by weakening their immune system. These include staying out late and having irregular sleeping patterns.
Interested in getting the vaccine?
Boise State Health Services offers the vaccine. Stop by the Health Center located in the Norco Building. Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) covers cost of vaccine at 100% when provided at the Health Center. Other types of insurance will be billed and any balances not paid by insurance will be billed to the student. *Self-pay rate available for non-insured. Student ID and insurance card required.
For more information: Contact Julia Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our main line at (208) 426-1459.