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Tdap Boosters Advised to Prevent Spread of Pertussis
(Updated 5-11-15) Pertussis (also called whooping cough) has recently been confirmed in off-campus group housing. Whooping cough is most deadly for infants. If you have recently been exposed to whooping cough, avoid contact with infants and pregnant women.
The best prevention for this illness, which is often characterized by a debilitating, long-lasting cough, is to get a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) booster if one has not been immunized since 2005. This is especially true for anyone who is in close contact with infants under 1 year of age or with frail elderly people. Likewise, a booster is advised for anyone who is uncertain of their last Tdap since 2005.
Student Health Services offers Tdap vaccine to students, faculty and staff with a university ID. Cost is $50 for students (health insurance will be courtesy billed) and $56 for faculty/staff (payable by cash at time of service). For more information, students and faculty/staff may call Student Health at 541-737-9355 or the Nurse Advice Line at 541-737-2724.
Vaccine for Meningococcal Disease Type B Available at Student Health
(Updated 6-25-15) Oregon State University’s Student Health Services has the new Type B vaccine, which covers a strain of meningococcal disease not included in the standard 4-strain vaccine that many students received as adolescents and which is required of incoming students as of Fall Term 2015. While there are no current cases of meningococcal disease at OSU or in Benton County, the best defense is getting vaccinated. Both the standard and Type B vaccines are recommended for maximum protection, especially for those up to age 25 who live in residence halls, fraternities, and sororities.
Student Health offers the Type B vaccine called Bexsero®, which is a two-dose series, one month apart, and costs $145/dose. (There is a second brand of Type B vaccine - Trumenba® - which is a three-dose series. At this time SHS is administering only Bexsero.) Students should check with their insurance company to see if the cost will be covered. The charges can also be billed to students’ accounts. More information can be found at studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectious-diseases/meningococcal-disease.