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University officials said Friday that the federal
Four Santa Barbara undergraduate students became infected with meningitis in November. Princeton University experienced an outbreak of a similar strain, with eight students getting sick since March.
"The campus has not had any additional cases of meningitis since November; however, the CDC is recommending the vaccine to help protect the community," said Mary Ferris, executive director of student health services.
Meningitis is a serious bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It can cause long-term damage and death. Young adults living in close quarters such as dormitories are especially at risk of contracting the disease.
The vaccine is being recommended for all undergraduates as well as faculty, staff and graduate students who have certain medical conditions.
The campus will hold a two-week vaccination period from Feb. 24 to March 7.
Students are also being urged to watch their personal hygiene, such as by washing their hands ofte, and avoiding the sharing of drinking glasses and utensils.