A medical syringe used for vaccinations. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

San Diego State University is urging all of its undergraduate students aged 23 and younger to be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis in the wake of an outbreak.

The university is partnering with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to offer vaccinations, and the medical clinics inside CVS Pharmacies have the vaccine available.

The push for vaccinations comes as three students have been diagnosed with the disease since June.

Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious bacterial form of the illness. It causes the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed and can lead to long-term disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it requires immediate medical attention.

Vaccination clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Monday at Viejas Arena. Students will need to bring their RedID card and identification that indicates their date of birth.

Full immunization against the disease requires two doses of the meningococcal B, or MenB, vaccine

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.