Menin­gi­tis vac­cine avail­able

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

A state re­quire­ment that took ef­fect in Jan­uary will pro­tect first-time col­lege stu­dents liv­ing on cam­pus from a po­ten­tially deadly dis­ease: bac­te­rial menin­gi­tis. Meningo­coc­cal vac­cine shots are avail­able for $10 to unin­sured or un­der­in­sured stu­dents at clin­ics that opened this month and are op­er­ated by the Austin/Travis County Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Depart­ment. In­sured stu­dents can get the shots from their doc­tor.

Menin­gi­tis, which is an in­flam­ma­tion of the mem­branes that cover the brain and spinal cord, can be se­ri­ous, caus­ing deaf­ness, blind­ness and brain dam­age. Symp­toms in­clude a high fever, headache and stiff neck.

Those who qual­ify for the health depart­ment’s clin­ics can get the shots at three lo­ca­tions on var­i­ous Satur­days this month and in Au­gust.

The venues are the Far South Health Clinic, 405 W. Stass­ney Lane; St. John Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 7500 Bless­ing Ave.; and Rose­wood-Zaragosa Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter, 2800 Web­berville Road.

Ap­point­ments are re­quired and can be made by call­ing 972-5520. For clinic hours, see the health depart­ment’s web­site at www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/shots.htm.

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