Leon County health officials identify strain of meningitis-causing disease confirmed locally
Leon County health officials are urging college students to get vaccinated against a particular strain of meningococcal disease.
The Florida Department of Health in Leon County reported on April 1 that there were three college students between the ages of 18-22 who were confirmed to have meningococcal disease.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, health officials explain fraternity and sorority members, along with students who live on campus, face a higher risk of contracting the disease.
They recommend undergraduate students get the Meningococcal B vaccine to protect against the strain that was identified locally after a health department investigation.
According to the health department, early symptoms include:
- stiff neck
- light sensitivity
Meningococcal vaccines are available through health care providers, pharmacies and the health department's Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic, located at 1515 Old Bainbridge Rd.
Those who want to make an appointment with the health department can call: 850-404-6403.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly implied that the three confirmed cases of meningococcal disease in Leon County are new. The cases were confirmed on April 1 and the strain was identified this week.