What Parents Need to Know About the Risk of BACTERIAL MENINGITIS:
College students, particularly those who live in residence halls are at increased risk for Meningococcal disease, which is a serious bacterial illness spread through the air via respiratory secretions or close contact with an infected person. Meningococcal disease is rare but can be fatal, or lead to severe and permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, and limb loss. Symptoms often resemble the flu and can include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, and confusion. A safe vaccine is available that can significantly reduce the risk of this potentially deadly or debilitating disease.
The American College Health Association (http://www.acha.org) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/risk-community.html) recommend that all first-year students living in residence halls get immunized.
For more information, contact your local Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Clinic. They offer the vaccine for students 18 years of age and younger for $5.00. UALR Health Services and private physicians also make the vaccine available.
March 1 2014
Parents of current UALR residents:
The Annual housing re-application process is underway. Â Please remind your student to sign up now for their residence hall space for Fall 2014. Â We don’t want your student left out!
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