What is Meningococcal disease?

  • 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 residence halls 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 residences but is not required by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The vaccine is available at the University Health Center Immunization Clinic.

Call (402) 472-5000 to schedule an appointment.