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Meningitis Immunizations To Be Provided at FMU Oct. 28

    FLORENCE---A meningitis immunization program will be sponsored at Francis Marion University Tuesday, Oct. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Smith University Center commons area.

    FMU students are being urged to obtain this vaccination, according to Cecilia Smith, FPN, director of FMU’s Health Services.  “Many students are vulnerable to a number of vaccine-preventable diseases, including meningococcal meningitis,” she said.

    “Meningitis is a dangerous communicable disease requiring early and aggressive treatment to prevent a debilitating and potentially fatal outcome,” she said.  “It can lead to permanent disabilities such as hearing loss and brain damage.  Studies have shown college students living in dormitories to be at a greater risk of contracting the disease.” 

    Last fall a FMU student was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

    The vaccination is $90 and can be paid through billing to the student’s account, major credit card, personal check or cash.

    Vaccess Health is coordinating the clinic, and the staffing is provided by Maxim Health Systems.  For more information, call Maxim Health at 1-877-476-7836 or FMU Health Services at 673-9855.

#50 / 10-15-03

Last Published: February 26, 2004 10:40 AM
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