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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.

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

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

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