Meningococcal disease is a rare infection with potentially devastating results. This infection occurs sporadically in clusters and is spread by close contact with infected individuals. Freshmen living in housing are in a higher risk group (4.6 cases per 100,000 students versus 1.4 cases per 100,000 individuals age 18 to 23).
A vaccine that can prevent 68 to 83 percent of cases is available. The vaccine is recommended for first year students living in university housing but is not required by the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The vaccine is available at the Nebraska Medicine – UNO Health Center if you would like to receive it once you arrive on campus. No appointment is necessary.
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