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Meningitis Information


At this time, public health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have determined there is no evidence to suggest the need to vaccinate incoming UCSB freshmen with the meningitis B vaccine.  The decision to offer MenB vaccine to incoming freshmen at Princeton University was based on evidence of sustained disease transmission among students after the identification of a 9th case associated with the outbreak in March 2014.  Since the last case of MenB at UCSB occurred in November 2013, there is no evidence of sustained transmission of the bacteria among UCSB students.  CDC and the Santa Barbara County and California Public Health departments will continue monitoring for additional cases of meningococcal disease and will reevaluate the situation if additional cases of the outbreak strain occur.

If you have further questions about MenB and this vaccine, please see the CDC's website:, or you can email them directly at

We strongly encourage incoming students to have all their other vaccinations up-to-date, including the currently available meningitis vaccine* which covers serogroup A.  We strongly urge all students to receive this vaccine less than 5 years before starting at UCSB, which may mean that a booster dose is needed if the original dose was given at age 11-12 years old.

Please send or fax your student's immunization records to UCSB Student Health as follows:

Email:, as an attachment; or

Fax:      805-893-2758

Please print on any documents the student's full name, perm number and date of birth, since it can be difficult to read on the original document.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that vaccines be given only to all undergraduate students; faculty, staff and graduate students living in UCSB-owned dormitory-style residence halls or who have certain medical conditions (those without a spleen or problems with their spleen including sickle cell disease, or complement component disorder, a specific type of immune deficiency.

Faculty, staff and graduate students with the conditions listed above will be required to present documentation or a physician’s note at Student Health before receiving the vaccine. The vaccine is recommended for these specific groups by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help protect against meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B bacteria.

All eligible individuals must sign an informed consent form at the vaccine clinic. Experts from the CDC will go over the form and answer any questions at the clinic.
Students under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign a parental consent form and bring it to the clinic in order to be vaccinated. Scanned and printed versions will be accepted.

UCSB will cover the cost of the vaccine.

For frequently asked questions about the vaccine and bacterial meningitis,please visit the CDC's meningitis information website:

You may also email the CDC at, which is dedicated to answering questions about the vaccine.

The vaccine that is being recommended is licensed for use in Europe and Australia, but not the United States. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have allowed the use of this vaccine for this particular situation at UCSB. The vaccines will be administered by Maxim Health Systems.

Students who already received a meningococcal vaccine are not currently protected against serogroup B. The vaccine recommended by the CDC will protect against the specific strain involved in the outbreak at UCSB. 

The CDC and state health officials recommend that classes and activities at UCSB continue as planned, and the surrounding community can continue to attend events on the campus. They do not recommend any travel restrictions for members of the University community. The bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been, and there is no evidence to suggest a risk of spreading the bacteria by touching surfaces. Students, including those who get the vaccine, and other members of the University community should continue to pay increased attention to personal hygienic practices and remember these important points about meningitis:

  • Any student with a high fever should go to UCSB Student Health Services during business hours.
  • You may become ill with meningitis even if you have not been in contact with someone who is sick.
  • You can help prevent the spread of disease by increasing hygienic practices, and not sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, smoking materials and other items.

The University will continue to provide reminders and additional information about the vaccine and precautions to help limit the spread of bacterial meningitis.

This website provides information resources for meningitis. This list of questions and answers and resources on this page will be updated regularly.


general Information

  • UCSB Student Health is open for Urgent Care and Appointments weekdays 8am-4:30pm, with later opening on Wednesdays at 9am. Students with urgent questions and concerns can contact our Advice Nurses, in person on a drop-in basis or through confidential email at the student health gateway website. Parents with urgent questions may call Student Health at (805) 893-5339.

  • Off Campus Provider Information

Communications to students, faculty & staff updated (5/6/14)

We currently have a partial list of parent email addresses.  If you are a parent who has not received Student Health emails and would like to be included, please send your name and email address to:

Santa Barbara County Public Health releases updated (12/2/13)

Information Resources:

Fact Sheets


Q & A Interview with Dr. Mary Ferris and the Meningitis B Vaccine at UCSB - 1/31/14

Q & A Interview with Dr. Mary Ferris and Meningitis at UCSB - 11/20/13


Last updated: 5/6/14

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