100% of all meningitis outbreaks on college campuses since 2011 have been from Meningitis B. The preventative vaccine is typically given in a series of 2 or 3 vaccinations over several months. Until recently, this vaccine was considered to be “elective” and not part of routine vaccinations that most children and young adults receive from their primary care physician or pediatrician. The CDC now recommends that all incoming college students receive a series of vaccines as a routine part of the transition from home to the college setting. This potentially deadly disease is completely avoidable by getting vaccinated. If you are unable to obtain the vaccine from your primary care physician, pediatrician or local health department, it is available at Lakes Urgent Care. Please make sure to plan adequately so that your college freshman has had at least 2 Meningitis B vaccine doses.