2018 Update on Meningitis B


During the fall 2017 semester, UMass Amherst experienced an outbreak of two cases of meningococcal disease. In March 2018, an additional case was diagnosed in a student at nearby Smith College.

UMass Amherst responded immediately to the two cases on campus by offering vaccinations for meningococcal disease, and more than 11,000 vaccinations were administered on campus during the 2017-18 academic year.

It remains vitally important that UMass Amherst students continue to get vaccinated for meningococcal disease. We strongly encourage all undergraduate students to get vaccinated. Vaccinations can be scheduled at University Health Services over the summer intersession or with your family healthcare provider. UHS is primarily using Bexsero, a two-shot series. To schedule an appointment at UHS, call 413-577-5101.

Regularly updated information about meningococcal disease at UMass can be found at www.umass.edu/meningitis. If you have additional questions or concerns, you may contact the UHS triage nurse at 413-577-5229.

It is very important to remember these health smart tips to prevent the spread of disease as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Do not share anything that comes in contact with the mouth – water bottles, face masks, towels, drinking glasses or cups, eating utensils, cosmetics, lip balm, toothbrushes, smoking materials, kisses, or drinks from a common source.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.

Thank you in advance for your full participation and cooperation. We appreciate you taking the steps required to keep our campus a safe and healthy place.

George A. Corey, M.D.
Executive Director
University Health Services