WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is offering Meningitis B vaccines to students, faculty and staff at UMass Amherst, in response to two confirmed cases of Meningitis B on campus. CVS Pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics have vaccines available to protect patients against the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that the strains of the meningococcal bacteria that caused both student’s infections are closely related, meaning there may be an increased risk of the disease for other undergraduates on campus. UMass Amherst students who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to get vaccinated. In addition, anyone who has had close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a meningococcal illness, as well as faculty and staff who have conditions such as asplenia, a complement deficiency, or sickle cell anemia, should also receive the vaccine.
Meningitis B vaccines are fairly new and most college students have not received the vaccine previously. All college students are required to receive a vaccine that protect against four other strains of the meningococcal disease (A, C, W, and Y), but that vaccine does not protect against B, which is the cause of the current infections at UMass Amherst.
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect people from meningococcal infection and CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic will be offering the Meningitis B vaccine at the following locations1:
165 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002 (MinuteClinic also available) 76 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035 (Located inside Target) 366 King Street, Northampton, MA 01060 (MinuteClinic also available) 90 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060 70 West State Street, Granby, MA 01033 Crystal Springs Plaza, 151 North Main Street, Belchertown, MA 01007 Route 10, 118 Northampton Street, Easthampton, MA 01027 1616 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA 01020 400 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 1176 Granby Road, Chicopee, MA 01020 451 Center Street, Ludlow, MA 01056 250 Whiting Farms Road, Holyoke, MA 01040 50 Holyoke Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 (Located inside Target) 1990 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095
All CVS Pharmacy locations can order doses of the vaccine upon request and have it available the next day. Pharmacy and medical clinic staff can assist patients in determining whether the vaccine is covered by their insurance plan.
“Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and a critical way to prevent