What is Oregon State University's new vaccine requirement?
Oregon State University requires ALL OSU Corvallis students age 25 and under to be vaccinated against Meningococcal B disease (MenB).
By February 15, you must have received two doses of Bexsero® or two out of three required doses of Trumenba® (with the third dose of Trumenba® to be administered six months following the first dose).
You are required to provide documentation
Why is OSU requiring the MenB vaccine?
OSU is requiring Meningococcal B vaccines for all Corvallis campus students age 25 and under because there have been six cases of OSU Corvallis students being diagnosed with Meningococcal B disease since November 2016.
Though uncommon, MenB disease is very serious. The disease can kill 10-15 percent of those who develop it. It can leave 20 percent with a permanent disability, such as loss of hearing or sight, loss of a limb, or permanent deficit in mental function.
While many OSU students already have been immunized, in consultation with OSU, state and local health authorities determined stronger measures were necessary to ensure students are vaccinated.
Why does OSU require both the meningococcal MCV4 vaccine and the MenB vaccine?
The MCV4 vaccine protects against serogroups A, C, W and Y of meningococcal disease. It does not protect against meningococcal B disease. Alternately, MenB vaccine does not protect against serogroups A, C, Y, and W.
The best way to protect yourself against meningococcal disease is to receive both the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine and the quadrivalent (MCV4) meningococcal vaccine.
The MenB vaccine requires either two or three doses, depending on the brand used. The quadrivalent MCV4 meningococcal vaccine requires just one dose.
What happens if I do not comply with the MenB requirement?
If you do not comply with this requirement, you will have an academic hold. You will not be able to receive winter term final grades from the university. You will not be able to register for spring term classes.
Is this requirement in compliance with state law?
Yes. Oregon State University has authority under state law to adopt certain immunization requirements. OSU’s MenB vaccination requirement complies with state law as both medical and non-medical exemptions are available and the requirement is informed by the current recommendations authored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Do OSU faculty and staff need to be vaccinated against MenB?
Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Benton County and Oregon Health Authority public health officials say that students 25 years of age and under, particularly those who live in congregate housing, or are members of campus fraternal organizations or athletic teams, are most at risk of contracting MenB disease. During previous outbreaks of meningococcal disease at other universities nationally, employees have not been found to be at generally increased risk, due possibly to their limited exposure to students. Employees may want to consult their medical providers regarding the risk of MenB and to determine if vaccination is advisable.
Note: on-campus vaccination clinics are only available for registered students.
In compliance with state law, both medical and non-medical exemptions are available to OSU’s MenB immunization requirement.
I believe I have a medical condition that should exempt me from the MenB vaccine. What should I do?
- To be considered for medical exemptions from OSU’s MenB vaccination requirement, students must submit documentation from a medical provider establishing the basis for a requested exemption. Students can obtain documentation from their medical provider. OSU Student Health Services staff will be available to provide medical exemption consultations via an appointment. Learn more.
I believe I am eligible for a non-medical exemption. What should I do?
- Non-medical exemptions may be granted to those students with beliefs, practices or ethical values which prohibit immunizations. To be approved, non-medical exemptions will require an in-person consultation and signature from a medical provider, who will review the risks of avoiding vaccine with students. Student Health Services staff will be available to provide non-medical exemption consultations on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m in room 206 of the Memorial Union or on Friday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in room 213 of the Memorial Union. Learn more.
I believe I am eligible for an academic deferral. I am a student, but I will not be in Corvallis for winter term 2018. What are my requirements?
- If you are an OSU Corvallis student who will not be attending classes on campus for winter term, you are exempt from the February 15, 2018, deadline. This is not an exemption from the vaccine, but a delay in the timeframe to obtain your vaccines. You will be responsible for beginning your MenB vaccination series before you return to campus. Learn more.
I have a question not included in this FAQ list. Who do I call?
Call Student Health Services at 541-737-7570 with questions about:
- The timing of vaccinations, dose requirements, or for general medical information.
- Where to receive vaccinations.
- Risks of MenB disease.
- Disease transmission.
Call your insurance carrier if you have questions about insurance benefits or coverage.
Call the Office of Student Life at 541-737-6362 if you have concerns about the policy or questions about academic holds on grades or registering for spring term classes.