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Dec 9, 2013 6:23 PM by KSBY News

Princeton gets meningitis vaccine, CDC still investigating UCSB

Students lined up at Princeton University Monday morning to receive an emergency vaccine that protects against the meningitis B outbreak. The vaccine is not FDA approved, so it's being imported from Europe under a special authorization. Another outbreak of the B strain at UC Santa Barbara sickened four people last month. One student had to have his feet amputated as a result of the illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating whether to offer the same vaccine for local students. UCSB released a statement Monday saying, "The University has been informed that the CDC will work to make the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine available at UCSB if the circumstances of this outbreak warrant its use." The current vaccines available in the U.S. don't cover the B strain. Even though the outbreaks at Princeton and UCSB are the same strain, each one can have a different genetic fingerprint.  

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