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Health Officials Urge U of O Students To Get Meningococcal Vaccine

Oregon Health Authority

The state confirmed Thursday a sixth student from the University of Oregon has come down with meningococcal disease. Health officials want parents to persuade students to get vaccinated over Spring Break.

So far, one student has died, a second was seriously ill on a ventilator and three others missed classes. Now, another student has come down with the disease.
Lane County Public Health officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke  , would only say he's a 20-year-old sophomore who lives off campus.

Patrick Luedtke: "The student was ill, sought medical care. The provider was concerned enough to provide some therapy, some medication. Had an appropriate blood test done and the blood test was positive and the student was brought back in."

Portland mother Abby Giedd  says she tried to get her daughter vaccinated, but no vaccine was available.

Abby Giedd: "I feel like if there's a vaccine to prevent it then it should be quite easy to get it."

The state has been working with pharmacies, but suggests calling about supplies beforehand.

Copyright 2015 OPB

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