Letter to Student and Parents
Important Information: Please Read Carefully
As the Health Services Director at Adelphi University, I am writing to inform you about meningococcal disease, a potentially fatal bacterial infection commonly referred to as meningitis. On July 22, 2003, Governor Pataki signed New York State Public Health Law (NYS PHL) 2167 requiring institutions, including colleges and universities, to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to all students meeting the enrollment criteria, whether they live on or off campus. The law became effective on August 15, 2003.
Adelphi University is required to maintain a record of the following for each student:
- A response to receipt of meningococcal disease and vaccine information signed by the student or student's parent or guardian. This must include information on the availability and cost of meningococcal meningitis vaccine (Menactra).
- AND EITHER
- A record of meningococcal meningitis immunization within the past ten years, OR
- An acknowledgement of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of meningococcal meningitis immunization signed by the student or student's parent or guardian.
Meningitis is rare. However, when it strikes, its flu-like symptoms make diagnosis difficult. If not treated early, meningitis can lead to swelling of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal column as well as severe and permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation, and even death.
Cases of meningitis among teens and young adults 15 to 24 years of age (the age of most college students) have more than doubled since 1991. The disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year and claims about 300 lives. Between 100 and 125 meningitis cases occur on college campuses and as many as 15 students will die from the disease.
A vaccine is available that protects against four types of the bacteria that cause meningitis in the United States—types A, C, Y, and W-135. These types account for nearly two thirds of meningitis cases among college students.
Vaccine Availability and Cost
- The vaccine will be available from the University’s collaborating physician, Dr. Kevin Curley in Mineola. Students who wish to receive the vaccine must make an appointment in advance by calling 516.663.2051. You may contact your own physician.
- You may pre-pay for the immunization and receive it here
at the Health Services Center at a cost of $125.
- At the time of this letter, the Dutchess County Department of Health (845.486.3419) indicated it would be offering the vaccine at a cost of $70.00. The Nassau County, Suffolk County and NYC Departments of Health indicated they would not be offering the vaccine.
Please complete the Meningococcal Meningitis Response Form (PDF 752KB) and return it to the Adelphi University Health Services Center, Waldo Hall, Garden City, NY 11530, as soon as possible, but no later than thirty days after the beginning of class.
Students: You can complete this form online. Log in to eCampus and select CLASS under services. In CLASS, click on the meningitis link on the left menu.
To learn more about meningitis and the vaccine, please feel free to contact our Health Service Center and/or consult with your physician. You can also find information about the disease at:
Jacqueline Cartabuke, MSN, ANP
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Director of Health Services
This page was last modified on October 8, 2013.