Meningitis vaccine available
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.