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This Semester, Make Learning About Meningitis Part of Your Studies

Recent CDC data show that only 17.2 percent of 17-year-olds have received a vaccine that helps protect against meningitis B.

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Nicolis Williams started his first semester at college ready to take on the world, but because of meningitis, he never got that chance.

According to a recent press release from GSK — a science-led global healthcare company — meningococcal disease, also known as meningitis, continues to appear on college campuses across the United States. 

According to information compiled buy GSK, from 2011 through March 2019, meningitis B caused all US college meningococcal outbreaks, involving 13 campuses, 50 cases, and two deaths among an at-risk population of approximately 253,000 students. 

A number of colleges and universities have taken a stand against the disease, recommending or requiring that incoming students get vaccinated before the school year.

Check with your family doctor to find out which — if any — vaccinations you have received in your lifetime. And for more detailed info on the disease, visit meningitisB.com.

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. For further information please visit www.gsk.com/about-us.

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