The American College Heath Association (ACHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (CDC-ACIP), recommends that students consider vaccination to reduce their risk for potentially fatal meningococcal disease and that college health care providers take a proactive role in providing information and access to the meningococcal disease vaccine, particularly to freshmen living in residence halls.
In an effort to be proactive in addressing the topic of meningitis, Eastern's Health & Counseling Services - Medical Clinic makes the following information available for students and parents/guardians. Eastern Illinois University follows the recommendations of the ACHA and CDC-ACIP by providing information on the topic of meningitis.
The Illinois Department of Public Health also offers additional information on meningitis.
Please note: All new admissions under the age of 22 shall show proof of having at least one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine on or after 16 years of age. The meningococcal conjugate vaccine is available at the Medical Clinic for $140.