Student Meningitis Shots at the IUP Health Service

  • (Revised January 2014)

    The Menveo Meningococcal vaccines is available to students at the IUP Health Service on a daily basis throughout the year by appointment. 

    The injection is free through a sponsorship by the Donnie McGinnis '92 Memorial Fund.

    If you previously had the vaccine called Menomune, and/or have not had any vaccine in the past five years, you could request to be vaccinated with Menveo. New guidelines released by the CDC recommend a booster if you have had any meningitis vaccine over five years ago. If you are ill or have a fever, you should not request the vaccine. Find more information about the vaccine.

    Meningitis is an inflammation of the space around a person’s spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. It is contagious and can be caused by either a virus or bacteria; however, meningococcal meningitis can be spread only through household or close personal contacts. Casual contacts such as those within a shared restroom or classroom are not considered to be household contacts.

    Symptoms of meningococcal meningitis often resemble the flu and can include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, and confusion. For more information about meningitis, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

    The College and University Student Vaccination Act of Pennsylvania requires that all students, prior to moving into university-owned and -operated residence halls or apartments, must receive the vaccination for meningococcal meningitis or sign a document (available on line with the housing contract) stating that the student has chosen to be exempted from receiving the vaccination for religious or other reasons. The vaccination recommended is the A, C, Y, W-135 vaccine.