Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection. Permanent brain damage, hearing loss, learning disability, limb amputation, kidney failure, or death can result from the infection. Between 100 and 125 cases occur on college campuses every year. 5 to 15 college students die each year as a result. Certain college students, particularly freshmen who live or plan to live in residence halls, have a 6-fold increased risk of disease.
There is a vaccine available that is 85% to 100% effective in preventing four kinds of bacteria that cause about 70% of the disease in the United States.
Ferris State University and Birkam Health Center recommends that students, especially those who plan to live in the residence halls, consider receiving meningococcal meningitis vaccine. Other undergraduate students wishing to reduce their risk of meningitis can also choose to be vaccinated.
The vaccine is available at Birkam Health Center Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. An appointment is recommended but not required. Payment is not required on the date of service. We do bill insurance companies.
For additional information about meningococcal meningitis and meningitis vaccine, call Birkam Health Center at 231-591-2614.