University of Oregon vaccination push reaches 8,000

Health officials in Oregon report that about 8,000 students at the University of Oregon turned out for vaccination against meningococcal disease as part of mass vaccination clinics that ended recently.

Health officials in Oregon report that about 8,000 students at the University of Oregon turned out for vaccination against meningococcal disease as part of mass vaccination clinics that ended recently. Public health officials had hoped to reach nearly three times that number, including all undergraduates and graduate students and faculty who live on campus or have compromised immune systems. The push comes after four university students contracted meningococcemia, including one who died. The mass-vaccination efforts have ended; however, students can still receive the vaccine from the campus health center or area pharmacies that have teamed up with the University of Oregon for the vaccination drive. In addition, follow-up clinics are scheduled in May and September, so students can receive the other two doses in the three-dose series.