Are you a student in college in Amherst?
All five colleges in the Amherst cooperative: Amherst, UMass, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith are included in this alert.
There have been cases of meningococcal meningitis at several of the schools. There is a vaccine against serotype B, the strain of meningococcus causing the infection. The recommendation of the Mass Department of Public Health is that all students be immunized against this strain. We have the vaccine at the office. So make an appointment while you are home for Spring Break. Or get the vaccine locally. But do get vaccinated. This is a very virulent infection. It is important that everyone gets vaccinated to stop the spread of this infection.